Anna Karenina (2012)



Critic Consensus: Joe Wright's energetic adaptation of Tolstoy's classic romance is a bold, visually stylized work -- for both better and worse.

Movie Info

The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around … More

Rating: R (for some sexuality and violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Stoppard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2013
Box Office: $12.8M
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as Korsunsky

as Kapitonich

as Petritsky

as Colonel

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as Princess Merkalova

as Anna's Friend

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Critic Reviews for Anna Karenina

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (42)

So can we somehow make a bargain with the film world: no more Anna Kareninas? You're making idiots of yourselves.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

[Lack of] clarity is this slick adaptation's biggest fault.

Full Review… | August 17, 2014
Under the Radar

The look is gorgeous, of course, but seldom has so much aestheticization served so much heartlessness.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Maybe Wright and Stoppard have not given us a great Anna Karenina. .. this movie is too derivative and flashy for that, but they have connected the romantic and philosophical poles...The heart wants what it wants, and will destroy itself to have it.

Full Review… | April 27, 2013
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The film does not do even minimal justice to the themes informing the tragedy.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013

A whirlwind affair composed of dazzling set pieces and a driving narrative.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for Anna Karenina


A gigantic novel impressively adapted to a little over two hours of sumptuous experience. The production design is splendid, with the action brilliantly placed on a theater stage representing society, and the powerful story benefits from many amazing performances.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Two problems with this movie: (1) the source material is deadly boring and (2) Keira Knightley. She's just not the elegantly tragic figure that the central role needs to generate an audience's empathy.

On the bright side, I really liked the whole "stage thing" that the director threw in to throw an element of movement in a storyline that mostly treads water.


Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer


Setting this sprawling, aristocratic tale of social and literal suicide on a stage is at first gimmicky, later mindfucky, and on the whole, an interesting choice with uneven but admirable execution. I especially liked the backstage/wings/galleys used as the seedier parts of Moscow/St. Petersburg and the breaking of the opera house's fourth wall during the disastrous horse race.

Keira Knightley is fine; I have come to not hate her anymore. Alicia Vikander sparkles as the spoiled and naive Kitty. Domhnall Gleeson is romantic but severe as the smitten Levin. Blond pretty-boy Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) sticks out like a sore thumb as Vronsky, the object of Anna's affections. Movie-mate, Jim Hunter, suggested that in keeping with the magical realism of the set design concept, Jude Law should have played both Aleksei, the cuckolded husband, and the hapless "other man." That would have been bomb-diggedy.

In terms of story, I'm disappointed that this version of Anna Karenina is so visually vanguard but still entrenched in the tradition of representing Anna as merely an adulterer, then hot/crazy harpy, then cautionary tale.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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