At Any Price
At Any Price (2013)

In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious HENRY WHIPPLE (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son DEAN (Zac Efron) to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 27, 2013
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Consensus: At Any Price features a terrific performance from Dennis Quaid, and it offers further evidence of Ramin Bahrani's unique eye for detail, but film is weighted down by an overly melodramatic story.

Tom Long
Detroit News

The disappointment and malaise of a modern farmer's life comes through, but almost as an afterthought. As Bahrani makes clear, it's worth a more focused film.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Written and played with a little more subtlety, Henry and his contradictions could have been fascinating; as it is, "At Any Price" keeps us at a distance, gazing at characters who never quite come to life.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"At Any Price" is so driven by its plot that it fails to connect its characters with moviegoers in any meaningful way.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Bahrani fills the frame with weathered faces and "At Any Price" feels like it unfolds in something close to the real America. But he wants to give us larger-than-life drama, and his strengths are life-sized.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Like the small farmers forced to kowtow to corporations, writer and director Ramin Bahrani chickens out. His melodramatic script reduces a global conflict to a Grain Belt "Glengarry Glen Ross."

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Clayton Davis

After fearlessly diving into a character that's self-centered, wretched, and downright degrading, Quaid outdoes most of his earlier works of cinema.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Bahrani seems less interested in getting at the heart of a man who has sold his soul than he is in showing how the hard facts of modern farming have literally and figuratively changed the landscape.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

It clumsily showcases an environmental issue -- in this case, the corporate strong-arm tactics used to promote GMOs -- through routine interpersonal drama.

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Travis Hopson

Tough, engaging, and brutally honest, At Any Price is one of those quiet gems you hope others will have the opportunity to discover for themselves.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I don't think this movie knew what it wanted to be. I'm almost sure that half of it was on the cutting room floor, and what was left was a movie… More
John Ballantine
A middling film of the realities of farming mixed in with ridiculous plot lines and far too much Zac Efron than a serious film should commit to.
Manu Gino
How far would you go to chase a dream? Good Movie! The opening credits suggest that this film will be a romantic tribute to the fading world of the rural… More
Sol C
I had a mixed reaction to the film. It needed a major rewrite. They had a great idea for a movie here, but they didn't execute it correctly. It feels like… More
Walter M.
Some people take their sons to a ballgame or fishing. Henry Whipple(Dennis Quaid), a farmer and seed salesman, takes his son Dean(Zac Efron) to a funeral. His… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Ramin Bahrani's At Any Price is an interesting film, often feeling authentic, and disturbingly insightful, while at other times feeling a bit disconnected… More