• R, 2 hr. 10 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Joe Wright
    In Theaters:
    Nov 16, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 19, 2013
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Anna Karenina Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

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

Full Review Source: Under the Radar | Original Score: 5.5/10

August 17, 2014
Graham Fuller
Film Comment Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 5, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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So can we somehow make a bargain with the film world: no more Anna Kareninas? You're making idiots of yourselves.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 14, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 88/100

April 27, 2013
Dan Jardine

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

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 54/100

March 22, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 21, 2013

Tolstoy's novel rendered in exquisite Faberge egg form.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 4, 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 Source: Rip It Up | Original Score: 3/5

February 28, 2013
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground

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 Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 8/10

February 26, 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 Source: UTV | Original Score: 6/10

February 21, 2013
Simon Weaving

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 Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 20, 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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 15, 2013
Tim Martain
The Mercury

Between the screenplay by playwright Tom Stoppard and the direction of Joe Wright, Anna Karenina is a stylistically fascinating film.

Full Review Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 15, 2013
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

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 Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 14, 2013
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

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 Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2013
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

Well, Joe Wright has done it. His ANNA KARENINA is a triumph.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 14, 2013
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

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 Source: The Sun Herald | Original Score: 4/10

February 10, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 8, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Wright's vision in re-imagining this classic tale is conceptually brilliant, with a perpetual sense of motion... a visual and emotional statement

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 8, 2013
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Like its central character, this is beautiful and brave even if it fails to fully realise its potential.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 4, 2013
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