• 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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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
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
Screenwize

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
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
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
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
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Anna Karenina plays like the ultimate CliffsNotes, which is both testament to Stoppard's exceptional adaptation and abridgement of Tolstoy's novel and acknowledgment of the film's somewhat superficial center.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B+

February 4, 2013
Dan Lybarger
KC Active

Knightley has a rare gift for making viewers willing to follow her characters even as they make catastrophically stupid decisions.

Full Review Source: KC Active | Original Score: 4/5

February 2, 2013
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

The end result remains quixotically affecting, and more than the sum of its many delirious parts.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth

January 10, 2013
Jason Gorber
Twitch

One of those lovely, nomination-gleaning period pieces that some simply adore. It's got a playful and unique style to it that transcends the charge of it being yet another costume drama.

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: B-

December 28, 2012
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A clever and gorgeous-looking adaptation of the great novel which intricately combines theater and cinema.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B+

December 10, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Again and again, Anna is bereft, isolated, frightened. That this is more a function of her world than her is a point left to fester: she believes it's them, and then she believes them, that it's her.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 8, 2012
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

An updated, streamlined version of the Tolstoy classic will appeal to a younger demographic while the oldsters will stick to reading the book.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

December 4, 2012
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