Anna Karenina Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 17, 2014
[Lack of] clarity is this slick adaptation's biggest fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Graham Fuller
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
The look is gorgeous, of course, but seldom has so much aestheticization served so much heartlessness.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
So can we somehow make a bargain with the film world: no more Anna Kareninas? You're making idiots of yourselves.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 88/100
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
March 22, 2013
The film does not do even minimal justice to the themes informing the tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 54/100
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013
A whirlwind affair composed of dazzling set pieces and a driving narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 4, 2013
Tolstoy's novel rendered in exquisite Faberge egg form.
February 28, 2013
While there are suitably glorious elements, there's also a frankly bizarre and much-debated aspect added by playwright Tom Stoppard, so that the whole thing is full of 'Brechtian Alienation Devices' and narrative-splintering tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
February 26, 2013
It's easy to conclude that this Anna Karenina is a superficial portrait of a superficial society, but that would be to dismiss how emotionally powerful it is in key moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 21, 2013
There have been countless film and tv versions of Russian author Leo Tolstoy's classic high society love story. But none have been captured so beautifully and boldly as this Anna Karenina.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
February 20, 2013
a visually unique story world, bold and beautiful, and dramatically fused with passion. Yet it's also a limited space that remains prisoner to its self-conscious theatrical structures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 15, 2013
Leo Tolstoy's classic tale of doomed romance and the emotionally stifling lives of Russian aristocrats gets an ornate, inert reworking...the congested setting makes much of the film look like a blur of costumes and set dressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
February 15, 2013
Between the screenplay by playwright Tom Stoppard and the direction of Joe Wright, Anna Karenina is a stylistically fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
February 14, 2013
Trying to one-up Tolstoy was always going to be a bad idea, though I wouldn't object to seeing a Bond movie, or Les Miserables, staged in the same way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 14, 2013
Joe Wright uses the theatre and has the actors taking part in a stage production which then moves out into the real world. I think that's done beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 14, 2013
Well, Joe Wright has done it. His ANNA KARENINA is a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
February 10, 2013
Wright's staged version tries desperately to gain one's attention (which it does) and engage one's affection (which it doesn't).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 8, 2013
Wright's edgy, bravura approach actually enhances the moral themes and the social context, illuminating the story in a fresh, contemporary light. This is cinema
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 8, 2013
Wright's vision in re-imagining this classic tale is conceptually brilliant, with a perpetual sense of motion... a visual and emotional statement
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 4, 2013
Like its central character, this is beautiful and brave even if it fails to fully realise its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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