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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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 2, 2013
    63
    A roughly mixed but interestingly plotted offshoot of "Death of a Salesman."
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 28, 2013
    8
    Dennis 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. Collapse
  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, not a family, and this is the adventure of the movie is very far away. Once watchable. Expand
  3. 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 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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