Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 24, 2013
    100
    This is a brave, layered film that challenges the wisdom of victory at any price. Both of its central characters would slip easily into conventional plot formulas, but Bahrani looks deeply into their souls and finds so much more.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 25, 2013
    88
    One of the best films released so far this year, At Any Price signals the arrival of Iranian-American Ramin Bahrani in the ranks of major US directors.
  3. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 23, 2013
    88
    Flawed but different, well-crafted and consistently powerful, At Any Price is the best film about impoverished farmers in the economic agricultural crisis since Jean Renoir’s "The Southerner."
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 25, 2013
    80
    Here's another film, along with "Mud," that's in the American grain, but a genetically conditioned grain of unforgiving fathers and overweening ambition. It's powerful stuff.
  5. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Apr 25, 2013
    80
    Like television's "Breaking Bad," At Any Price is about the slow, insidious corruption of a regular guy, about the rot that grows around him and within him, allowing him to become complicit in a crime of biblical proportions.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 22, 2013
    75
    Efron makes hay with his richest role post-High School Musical, making Dean a rural rake with conflicting charisma.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    May 16, 2013
    75
    At Any Price teaches you a lot about the business of corn seeds and genetic manipulation (the stuff is actually fascinating) but what interests director Ramin Bahrani most are the dynamics of this deeply dysfunctional family.
  8. 75
    Beneath all the melodrama, beyond the fine performances, what sets At Any Price apart is the depiction of farming as it is today, the salesmanship, the traditions and ideals abandoned for greater profits and easier work and the ruthless world these patented “high yield” seeds have made.
  9. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Mar 3, 2013
    75
    Powerful, engaging and, by the finale, moving. And in the end, At Any Price is certainly one of the most impressive reactions to the recent economic crisis (because that’s exactly what it is) that cinema has produced so far.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 26, 2013
    70
    For me the breakthrough in At Any Price comes from 59-year-old Dennis Quaid, cementing his character-actor renaissance with what may be the nastiest role of his career.
  11. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 23, 2013
    70
    Bahrani sometimes pushes too hard as he reaches for big drama. But when the story works, it has a dark power that draws shrewdly upon his two leads' screen charisma.
  12. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 23, 2013
    70
    If At Any Price overstates its points, they are still worth making. And the hot-wired performances by Mr. Quaid and Mr. Efron drive them home in a movie that sticks to your ribs and stays in your head.
  13. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Apr 23, 2013
    70
    Quaid has a genius for broadcasting conflicting impulses. His body language twists uncomfortably away from his intentions, and his smile is built on the chassis of a cringe.
  14. 70
    While the drama comes up a little short in emotional payoff, this is a thoughtful, nuanced film that vividly evokes life in a Midwestern community in which business often trumps friendship. It offers a rueful snapshot of the changing face of a quintessential element of American life.
  15. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 17, 2013
    67
    By combining formulaic screenwriting and downbeat art house clichés, the ending puts a significant damper on what had been a fascinating character study.
  16. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 3, 2013
    67
    Too late, At Any Price displays the presence of a skilled filmmaker capable of using ambiguous pauses and representational imagery to convey the issues of greed and other covert desires. Until then, it's a slovenly affair only distinguished by its name cast.
  17. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 2, 2013
    63
    A roughly mixed but interestingly plotted offshoot of "Death of a Salesman."
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Apr 25, 2013
    63
    Bahrani is a gifted filmmaker. But he shoots himself in the foot by throwing in a contrived plot device that creates drama at the expense of credibility. Suddenly, we're isolated from a film that had made us believe. It's a breach of trust that comes at too high a price.
  19. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Apr 23, 2013
    60
    The fine cast takes the movie as far as it will comfortably go, until Bahrani gets a case of Great American Play–itis.
  20. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Apr 23, 2013
    55
    Subtlety is hardly at home here, with Quaid’s especially earnest performance a well-suited mask for Henry’s desperation that nonetheless amplifies the phoniness of the entire enterprise.
  21. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 23, 2013
    50
    Bahrani is brilliant at small gestures and the way they can speak volumes, but in At Any Price he’s aiming for grand tragedy, and he doesn’t yet have the knack. The pacing of the final act is uncertain; the epic sweep doesn’t arrive.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 17, 2013
    50
    In getting so many of the Midwestern details wrong, worldly director Bahrani (“Chop Shop”) teaches an inadvertent lesson to aspiring filmmakers who want to follow his footsteps to the festival circuit: Grow where you’re planted.
  23. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    May 10, 2013
    50
    What remains “indie” about At Any Price is that this is an unabashed social-message film – one that plays out like a cross between the agribusiness exposé "Food, Inc." and Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman."
  24. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    May 9, 2013
    50
    Ultimately, At Any Price isn’t terrible, but you can tell that’s hardly the endorsement the filmmakers were seeking.
  25. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    May 2, 2013
    50
    At Any Price finally hinges on tragedies, reversals and moral ambiguities of Shakespearean proportions, but they’re delivered ploddingly rather than as the intricate parts of an inevitable whole. At Any Price ultimately suffers from the very phenomenon it laments: Like Henry Whipple’s farm, it feels more mechanistic than organic.
  26. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Apr 6, 2013
    50
    Alternates between business-world morality play, family drama, and portrait of a local community without ever comfortably integrating these disparate elements into his messy stew.
  27. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    May 23, 2013
    42
    The audacious ending, though unjustified by what had come before, was clearly something mainstream Hollywood would not have tolerated. Yet the 90 minutes in between, a mass of symbols and improbabilities so great they provoke outright laughter, made me wonder whether aliens stole Bahrani’s brain.
  28. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 24, 2013
    42
    This time out, Bahrani’s push to make a point wins out over the strong sense of character he’s cultivated in his earlier films.
  29. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 31, 2013
    40
    And therein lies one of the film's most glaring problems. Perhaps that vilification of Big Agro will resonate with farm folk, but it's not the sort of thing that will have many city slickers -- even those who sympathize with the little guys on this issue -- exactly sitting on the edge of their theater seat.
  30. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 25, 2013
    40
    Most notably, Bahrani offers an emotional depiction of American farming that will leave viewers troubled, as it should. But he loses his footing when it comes to the story itself.
  31. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 3, 2013
    40
    Some of the acting isn't bad, but the story is messy and unsatisfying with a plot-hole you could drive a dozen combine harvesters through, the ending is an outrageous fudge and the lead performance from Dennis Quaid is strange to say the least.
  32. Reviewed by: Leah Churner
    May 15, 2013
    30
    Though well-researched and competently acted, At Any Price doesn’t risk much, having neither a thesis nor a resolution. Like an awkward hug between estranged relations, there’s a lack of confidence in the execution.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 17, 2013
    6
    At Any Price is a dramatic movie of a family..which extends to test the relationship between a father and son. Denis Quaid is brilliantAt Any Price is a dramatic movie of a family..which extends to test the relationship between a father and son. Denis Quaid is brilliant overall and Zac Efron has also made his mark with this movie.
    Overall 6.5/10
    Acting 7/10
    Storyline 5/10
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  2. Aug 31, 2013
    6
    I read the content of this film is more drama thriller category would classify as a family adventure movie. Just because it is a family, notI read the content of this film is more drama thriller category would classify as a family adventure movie. Just because it is a family, not a family, and this is the adventure of the movie is very far away. Once watchable. Full Review »
  3. May 28, 2013
    8
    Dennis Quaid gives a career-highlight performance as a highly-driven, personable corn farmer. Zac Efron plays his rebellious stockcar drivingDennis Quaid gives a career-highlight performance as a highly-driven, personable corn farmer. Zac Efron plays his rebellious stockcar driving son, who'd rather race than raise. It's all about Quaid's character and he creates a nuanced, dynamic performance. Other than one seemingly random seduction, the writing and direction are effective. This isn't a lofty drama with oversize emotions and overstated performances, but a quietly compelling portrait of a well-intentioned, but flawed father whose ego and ambition test his family's commitment. Full Review »