Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 15 out of 29
  1. Becomes a very conventional suspense film, replete with virtually every cliche of the genre, some used more than once.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    63
    Robbins' performance as Winston is the best thing in the movie.
  3. 60
    It's a kick to see the Tim Robbins version of the man recently described by the Microsoft trial judge as "Napoleonic" installed in a disgustingly opulent Bond-villain HQ/pad, and the overwrought Boiler Room-meets-The Game scenario is not without its own schlocky pleasures.
  4. It is ultimately more routine than provocative, despite the timeliness and seriousness of the issues it raises.
  5. I do wish Mr. Robbins's one-note co-stars had been worthy of his performance, and that some of the melodramatics hadn't been quite so slapdash.
  6. 58
    It's hooey, but it's hooey that picks up in the second half, not exactly redeeming itself but fitfully engaging.
  7. 50
    They might have been able to make a nice little thriller out of Antitrust if they'd kept one eye on the Goofy Meter.
  8. Taps into a fear hitherto unexplored by cinema: fear of Bill Gates.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    An example of a film that begins with a provocative idea and then runs itself into the ground with clumsy structuring.
  10. 50
    Ironically, the filmmakers seem to think the audience for this movie about super-smart people is super-dumb.
  11. While Robbins has a good time playing the boyish devil, the rest of the principals transmit on an awfully low baud rate.
  12. The plot of Antitrust is intricate and uneven, overloaded with twists and not very jolting surprises.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    50
    Robbins is such a live wire that he's able to jumpstart his co-stars whenever they're interfacing onscreen.
  14. An inferior factory product, cranked out with little care and less imagination, that seems all the dumber because it's pretending to be smart and topical.
  15. An unintentional high-tech hoot.
  16. Better than you might expect, if you didn't expect it to be any good.
  17. 30
    Poops out before it ever really gets going.
  18. 30
    As a film, it essentially bites.
  19. This compression of logic--coupled with two hours of ham-fisted delivery--guarantees that Antitrust won't jangle your nerves but will intermittently split your sides with laughter.
  20. It's phony and forced, but mostly it's just silly. If there was once a satirical edge to this thriller, it's been programmed right out.
  21. 20
    A storyline that makes less sense than the current state of tech stocks on the Nasdaq.
  22. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    20
    A crap film that's steeped in liberal paranoia, but it's also so ludicrous that it falls under the guilty-pleasure category.
  23. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    Libel on one of the true visionaries of American business in the 20th century, a man unfairly demonized for doing what others strove to do but doing it faster and better.
  24. 10
    Antitrust is anti-fun, anti-wakefulness, and anti-interesting.
  25. 10
    Gives us good reason to believe that January really is the month Hollywood studios use to bury their cheesiest mistakes.
  26. It's too bad we don't have red, glowing DELETE buttons next to those soda cup holders. I could have done the world a favor.
  27. 0
    Monumentally silly thriller.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    9
    Always liked this flick.
    Is it the best movie ever made? No. But some of the ratings on here are way off.
    I show this film at the end of the
    school year to my classes after we talk about monopolies, Anti-trust laws, etc. It gives them a bit of a break at the end of year.
    Every year the high school kids love it, some of them even go and buy it. Haven't heard a complaint about it yet. Also, gotta love Claire Forlani, she is smoking hot in this movie.
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  2. HilaryW.
    Jul 3, 2001
    1
    It has to be the worst, pathetic, and stupid movie I have ever seen. What really made me mad was that Ryan Phillippe, Tim Robbins, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Claire Forlani are all great actors/actresses. The film was written horribly and was one of those movies where you think, "Wow, this movie COULD HAVE BEEN really good." But it wasn't, so I rate it a 1. Full Review »
  3. Sep 20, 2012
    3
    Some painful writing, but a decent enough film about programmers and a microsoft-like corporation, handled in the way technology was more commonly done in films in the 90s. For a post-Matrix film, it's pretty 'safe' and 'made for tv', lacking much edge or style, whilst staying as far way from actual programming as possible.

    Has a decent cast, it's great to see Ryan Philippe, Tim Robbins, Claire Forlani and Rachael Leigh Cook working together, and is reasonably entertaining. Also, one of the only 'mainstream films' to cover proprietary code vs open source. Worth a watch in the background, but far too cheesy to be enjoyed as anything other than mindless entertainment.
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