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


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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
Ann Lewinson
Kansas City Star

If it's only a play, why should we care?

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 29, 2012
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

High time this play closed.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

September 14, 2012
Alison Jones
Birmingham Post

We marvel not at what it is, but what it could have been.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2012
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

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 Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 2/5

November 15, 2012
David Sexton
This is London

This really is a failed experiment - Tolstoy in the puppet theatre.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

September 4, 2012
Don Groves

Passion overwhelmed by heavily stylised theatrics.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 1, 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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a sumptuous film - extravagantly staged and photographed, perhaps too much so for its own good.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2012
Ella Taylor
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

November 15, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 15, 2012
Alison Willmore

It's an incredible thing to behold, at least at the start.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6.5/10

November 18, 2012
Edward Douglas

Like an overly long perfume commercial, Anna Karenina is as stylishly extravagant as it is dull and pretentious.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5.5/10

October 26, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The clever camera moves and inventive uses of stagecraft feel like sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 21, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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All dressed up with no place to go.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 15, 2012
Laremy Legel
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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 Source: Film.com | Original Score: C

September 7, 2012
Stephen Silver

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 Source: EntertainmentTell | Original Score: 2/5

November 25, 2012

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
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

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 Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 20, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 7, 2012
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