Anna Karenina (1935)



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In this filmization of Leo Tolstoy's novel, Greta Garbo plays the sheltered wife of Czarist official Rathbone. Intending to dissuade Rathbone's brother from a life of debauchery, Garbo is sidetracked by her own fascination with a dashing military officer. However, this indiscreet liaison ruins Garbo's position in 19th-century Russian society.

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Critic Reviews for Anna Karenina

All Critics (10)

It is Greta Garbo's personality which "makes" this film, which fills the mould of the neat respectful adaptation with some sense of the greatness in the novel.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

On the whole, Anna Karenina is a picture of merit. It is decorative, well-meaning, and full of neat encounters, and it certainly presents a Garbo in the high summer of her maturity, richer and more mellow than she has ever been before.

Oct 30, 2015 | Full Review…

This lavish, MGM production surely excises some of the important details from Leo Tolstoy's novel, but makes up for it with the luminous presence of Greta Garbo and some gorgeous cinematography.

Feb 4, 2011 | Full Review…

Garbo, who also starred in the 1927 silent version of the Tolstoy story, is radiant and vulnerable throughout the film, the centre of the emotional storm that engulfs her.

Apr 5, 2008 | Full Review…

In her 23rd film, Garbo's luminous performance, as the audlterous protag of Tolstoy's novel, is way above the mediocre level of the narrative and direction; the film is a remake of Love, in which Garbo starred opposite her then lover John Gilbert.

Sep 22, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Given the full glossy MGM treatment.

Mar 8, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anna Karenina

Good in a golden age of Hollywood kind of way.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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Has the customary MGM sheen and Garbo is good as always but still heavy going.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Is it possible for a film to be well-made, but is as boring as humanly possible? I really don't think Anna Karenina was meant to be translated onto the silver screen. Halfway into it I was already bored to tears and I wished she would just freaking kill herself already.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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