Atlas Shrugged: Part I
Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)

Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling) runs Taggart Transcontinental, the largest remaining railroad company in America, with intelligence, courage and integrity, despite the systematic disappearance of her best and most competent workers. She is… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 15, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 10% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Passionate ideologues may find it compelling, but most filmgoers will find this low-budget adaptation of the Ayn Rand bestseller decidedly lacking.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Made on the cheap with no-name stars, this is no better than a stilted anachronistic curiosity, a low-rent version of the eighties' prime-time soap Dallas, with the industrial concerns and sexual mores of 1950s, all, somehow, set in 2016.

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Brian Miller
L.A. Weekly

Apart from its deficiencies as fiction, whatever its philosophical limitations (the rich and able should only help themselves in Rand's "Objectivism"), the book proves proudly indigestible on film.

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David Sterritt

The awfulness of Atlas Shrugged continues a trend, since the cinema has never treated Rand very well.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

A talky bore that spends too much time in wood-panelled offices and at chatter-heavy parties that were clearly shot on the cheap.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

This comically tasteless and flavorless adaptation of Ayn Rand's bombastic magnum opus delivers her simplistic nostrums with smug self-satisfaction.

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Lewis Beale
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

Although it's not as bad as its trailer might suggest, this first part of a projected three-part series will probably please the already converted but bore and annoy just about everyone else.

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Carina Chocano
New York Times

Atlas Shrugged: Part I is in many ways charmingly oblivious to its inherent contradictions and the fact that its capitalist titans appear to be squatting in old, abandoned Dynasty sets, eating food-court baked potatoes.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

The film is curiously sterile and lifeless, hardly the stuff of revolution. It feels more like an ideologically reversed Tucker: The Man And His Dream, written and performed by robots.

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

While staying true to Rand's vision, Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 suffers from poor directing and it lacks the sleekness it needs to connect with audiences.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Interesting. Slightly confusing. Apparently, a continuing saga...
Ken Stachnik
I'm super skeptical, The director cast himself as John Galt. Learn from M.Night mistakes!!!!
Zach Brehany
The origin of how I learned of this film really had to deal with me learning that, for reasons I have yet to completely learn all about, the late vocalist… More
Edward Boxler
My problem with Atlas Shrugged Part 1 has nothing to do with the source material or Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. It's about the film itself.… More
Nate Zoebl
Billing itself as part one of an intended trilogy, Atlas Shrugged is an adaptation of Ayn Rand's famous 1200-page book on the merits of self-interest. Rand… More
Alice Shen
**Most of this "review" is about my impressions of Ayn Rand's Objectivism, so if you want to skip to the end, feel free.** When I saw this in… More