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
Ann Lewinson
Kansas City Star
November 29, 2012
If it's only a play, why should we care?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 14, 2012
High time this play closed.
Alison Jones
Birmingham Post
September 5, 2012
We marvel not at what it is, but what it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
November 15, 2012
The conceptual gimmickry eclipses everything else, including a typically sharp script from Tom Stoppard and the earnest efforts of well-dressed Brits playing well-dressed Russians.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sexton
This is London
September 4, 2012
This really is a failed experiment - Tolstoy in the puppet theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
February 1, 2013
Passion overwhelmed by heavily stylised theatrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2012
This is a sumptuous film - extravagantly staged and photographed, perhaps too much so for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 15, 2012
The best that can be said of Knightley is that she's puppy-eyed eye candy, in vibrant reds and blacks with fur trims to die for.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 15, 2012
The ropes and curtains and ladders of this "Anna Karenina" serve mainly as distractions. And they're solutions to a part of the problem that doesn't exist.
Alison Willmore
Movieline
November 18, 2012
It's an incredible thing to behold, at least at the start.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 26, 2012
Like an overly long perfume commercial, Anna Karenina is as stylishly extravagant as it is dull and pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 21, 2012
The clever camera moves and inventive uses of stagecraft feel like sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2012
All dressed up with no place to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 7, 2012
Solid visual moments aren't enough to sustain an audience, and Joe Wright's style isn't enough to salvage gaping wounds in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
November 25, 2012
Sports some good performances and is nice to look at at times, but it's ultimately both spectacularly ill-conceived and deathly boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
November 20, 2012
I admire the film's ambition, but I can't fully recommend it. Sorry. I need some characters that I can care about. But it's almost worth seeing for the film's unique style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2012
The weight of its intellectual distancing device presses much of the life and feeling out of Joe Wright's and Tom Stoppard's adventurous adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.
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