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Anonymous Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Creaking narrative construction succumbs to gigantic cracks of exposition and a maze of disjointed flashbacks in Roland Emmerich's disastrous attempt at demystifying the identity of the Bard.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

October 30, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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File this one in the category of entertaining historical fiction. There are facts here, but one must possess more than a passing familiarity with history to be able to spot them.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 30, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The American screenwriter John Orloff may have wished for a muse of fire, but unfortunately he's been given an ear of cloth, and his film would hardly pass muster as a sixth-form end-of-term romp.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 30, 2011
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Power, betrayal, incest and the theatre are the red-hot ingredients of this intriguing and potentially explosive costume drama.. My lament... is the jumbled, convoluted storyline

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 29, 2011
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

This film is not really about promoting an alternate theory of authorship so much as presenting an intriguing (if unlikely) scenario and seeing how it would play out. It makes for a ripping good story, whether or not it's factual.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 29, 2011
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

...disappointing, overly long, convoluted, confusing, and fatuous, exacerbated by the depiction of Queen Elizabeth I as a profligate slut.

Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 4/10

October 29, 2011
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies

The film may piss off more viewers than it wins over, but there's no denying that Anonymous has balls the size of The Globe Theatre.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3 stars

October 29, 2011
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

An opulent 16th century costume drama that serves as a far-fetched, alternative-history curiousity, continuing the mystery.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 7/10

October 29, 2011

What must not be forgotten is this is an entertaining piece of imaginary work in itself - as suggested by the opening prologue by Derek Jacobi.

Full Review Source: Real.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 29, 2011
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

A tale worthy of a Shakespeare play in its own right when not more suited for the Enquirer, the film is striking to behold. But a great deal longer than it needs to be, tossing in homicidal swordplay, vintage boy toys and kinky inbred royal closet lust.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

October 29, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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John Orloff's screenplay could have used a rewrite by de Vere -- or whomever.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

October 29, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Bountiful in look and scandal yet convoluted in plot and historical validity, Anonymous tries to be a serious work of art but doesn't have the credibility or filmmaking discipline needed to present its wild conspiracy theories.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2/5

October 29, 2011
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Convoluted at worst and confusing at best, Anonymous looks pretty and is for the most part competently acted, but it's not Shakespeare. Not by a mile.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

October 28, 2011
Dan Lybarger
Huffington Post

Emmerich can say what he likes, but I would rather go read whomever wrote the great folio.

Full Review Source: Huffington Post | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 28, 2011
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

As historical entertainment, it is bracing in its twists and turns. As a tribute to the power of words and the beauty of language in the hands of a genius, it is superb

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

October 28, 2011
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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Knowing that non-Masterpiece Theater audiences will grow fidgety over this sort of thing, Emmerich and Orloff throw in plenty of sword-fighting, bear-baiting, and bodice-ripping.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

October 28, 2011
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The digitally wrought period settings are simply gorgeous.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 28, 2011
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This is irresistible as self-knowing camp: the players ham it up in high fashion and the script crams at least one lurid revelation into every scene.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 28, 2011
Bill Gibron
PopMatters

If convolution where compliments, Anonymous would be one highly flattered film.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3/5

October 28, 2011
Dana Stevens
Slate
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What's disappointing about Anonymous is that it isn't dumb enough. Rather than plunging merrily ahead with its fanciful counternarrative, the movie keeps stopping to actually, seriously make its case -- to posit and explain and persuade.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 28, 2011
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