Anonymous Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
The director offers up an unfocused but intriguing alternate look at William Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Judith Newmark
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 4, 2011
Will Shakespeare, whose words shine on, bright and brave, Is turning o'er with laughter in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Evans
Little White Lies
October 27, 2011
Emmerich's mirthless hatchet job is hoisted with its own petard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Patches
October 28, 2011
Anonymous strives to be boring, Emmerich attempting to deliver performance-first directing, but ending up with string of flat, sloth-paced back-and-forths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
October 25, 2011
The defenestration of one of England's greatest dramatists by one of Germany's poorest.
Grae Drake
October 28, 2011
All in all the dreary script creates a glass ceiling that the film could never bust through, more laugh-inducing than controversy-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
October 31, 2011
Roland Emmerich is the doyen of historically inaccurate disasterpieces, the pre-eminent cinematic misinterpreter of scientific theories, and the gullible go-to-guy when it comes to half-baked conspiracy thrillers. Anonymous is [his] 'perfect storm'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
November 3, 2011
Anonymous is earnest, high-camp and regularly ridiculous, but it's also a fun and gripping adventure for lovers of stagecraft or Tudor mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
November 4, 2011
Perhaps there is an element of truth in this tale but director Roland Emmerich makes it very hard to believe with this muddled story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Paul Scantlebury
December 7, 2011
Any hope of Emmerich and writer Orloff putting together a coherent argument is destroyed by muddled narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 3, 2011
The loud, overwrought Anonymous is an affront to the richness and beauty of Shakespeare's work -- no matter who really wrote it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
October 26, 2011
Few could ever have predicted that Emmerich would be the man to bring the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship to the screen
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
November 1, 2011
Emmerich can keep track of hurtling cars and crumbling buildings, but distinguishing between one scruffy Elizabethan and another is apparently beyond him.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
November 3, 2011
Shakespeare's work proves that imagination is more important than fact - Anonymous stumbles badly while trying the opposite approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 4, 2011
Bereft of comedy, Anonymous is the cinematic equivalent of limp celery. It's crying out for a crisp rewrite from the Bard himself but alas, poor yawners, all we get is Fakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 27, 2011
In a movie that rings false at every turn, Ms. Redgrave's Elizabeth is truly and infallibly regal.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 28, 2011
Shakespeare in Blah. Playful premise, weak script. Palace intrigue that isn't intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 18, 2011
Handsome, inconsequential "investigation" into the political and theatrical life of Elizabethan England makes a mystery of history.
October 28, 2011
Disaster filmmeister Roland Emmerich meets Shakespeare: behold, Bard-Zilla is nigh!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 27, 2011
About the time I realized a character I had been thinking was named Edward was really named Robert, I realized something else: I no longer cared about any of these pantalooned drips.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leonard Maltin
March 10, 2012
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