At Any Price

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At Any Price
At Any Price poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRamin Bahrani
Produced by
Written by
  • Ramin Bahrani
  • Hallie Elizabeth Newton
Music byDickon Hinchliffe
CinematographyMichael Simmonds
Edited byDouglas Aibel
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • August 30, 2012 (2012-08-30) (Venice)
  • April 24, 2013 (2013-04-24) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$487,455[2]

At Any Price is a 2012 American drama film directed by Ramin Bahrani and written by Bahrani and Hallie Newton. The film, starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival,[3] and later screened as an official selection at both the Telluride Film Festival and the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.[4] Sony Pictures Classics purchased the film and it was released in the United States on April 24, 2013.


In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son Dean (Zac Efron) to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean desires to become a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood.



At Any Price received mixed reviews. The film holds a 52% approval rating based on 98 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10, on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The website's critical consensus states, "At Any Price features a terrific performance from Dennis Quaid, and it offers further evidence of Ramin Bahrani's unique eye for detail, but film is weighted down by an overly melodramatic story."[5] On Metacritic, the film has a 60 out of 100 rating based on 32 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6]

Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, praising Bahrani for delving deep into the plot with layers and themes that communicate effectively and singling out Dennis Quaid's performance as his best as "a flawed man with selfish values, a man for whom business success has seemed desirable no matter what its human cost."[7] Stephen Holden of The New York Times said that the performances of Quaid and Efron help deviate the film away from its credit straining plot twist, saying that they "drive them home in a movie that sticks to your ribs and stays in your head."[8] Noel Murray of The A.V. Club gave the film a "C–", finding it a disappointment with its complex farmland plot being wasted with performances and dialogue "at the level of a Founders’ Day pageant". Holden also noted that Bahrani's intention of making a mainstream film with substance will detract his usual audience, saying that "He’s treating them like dolts by making a film that holds to the corniest aspects of Hollywood storytelling, interrupted by bullet points."[9]


  1. ^ "At Any Price (18)". British Board of Film Classification. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "At Any Price". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "Venezia 69". la Biennale di Venezia. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Evans, Ian (2012). "At Any Price TIFF premiere gallery". Digital Hit Entertainment. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "At Any Price (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "At Any Price". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 25, 2013). "At Any Price". Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  8. ^ Holden, Stephen (April 23, 2013). "'At Any Price,' Directed by Ramin Bahrani". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  9. ^ Murray, Noel (April 25, 2013). "At Any Price". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 10, 2015.

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