New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Though a bit stiff in the joints and acted by an undistinguished cast amid TV-movie trappings, this low-budget adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel nevertheless contains a fire and a fury that makes it more compelling than the average mass-produced studio item.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The story, a dystopian tale with heroes and villains and lots of triumphs and reversals, is so busy and so inherently interesting that the movie is entertaining until the finish - or the sort of finish. As only the first part of the story, Atlas Shrugged doesn't end, it stops.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Speechy and preachy and just a teeny-weeny bit naughty.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The central battle between fearsomely independent corporate mavericks and hostile big government has been updated in a half-baked, unconvincing way that's exacerbated by button-pushing TV-style direction, threadbare production values and blah performances except for that of Taylor Schilling in the central role.
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Washington Post

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 is nearly as stilted, didactic and simplistic as Rand's free-market fable.
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Boston Globe

By Loren King
With a plot devoid of suspense and characters without complexity, Rand's iconic line elicits merely a yawn, or a shrug.
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Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
It's not a bad looking movie, with Deco design touches that remind me of the earlier Rand film adaptation, "The Fountainhead." But the acting's flat and the script is absurdly cluttered with characters whose purpose may only truly become clear if they ever are allowed to make the other two films they have planned.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Now I am faced with this movie, the most anticlimactic non-event since Geraldo Rivera broke into Al Capone's vault.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I wanted to give this movie a fair shake, though I can't pretend to be an admirer of Ayn Rand's writing. But the movie, the first installment of a projected trilogy, doesn't give the book a fair shake.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Who's the idiot responsible for this fiasco? You can't blame the Tea Party, an organization of 9 million that the film's producers are exploiting to get butts into seats. There's an object lesson in objectivism for you.
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28 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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