Anna

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Anna finds writer-director Luc Besson squarely in his wheelhouse, but fans of this variety of stylized action have seen it all done before -- and better.

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Verified Ratings: 2,225

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Beneath Anna Poliatova's striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world's most feared government assassins. An electrifying thrill ride unfolding with propulsive energy, startling twists and breathtaking action, ANNA introduces Sasha Luss in the title role with a star-studded cast including Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, and Luke Evans.

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (46)

  • [Besson is] riffing on spy movies and their inherent double crosses and triple crosses, stopping just short of parody but letting the audience in on the trick. And thanks to Besson and a willing cast, the trick's a pretty good one.

    June 24, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • What ultimately sinks the film is its overwhelming blandness, from the lack of creativity employed in Anna's many kills to Besson's inability to choreograph a pulse-racing action scene...

    June 21, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

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  • But unlike Besson's bugnuts, energetically dopey Scarlett Johansson vehicle Lucy, Anna is more invested in winking at the audience than being fun.

    June 21, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Watching Anna brings with it a profound sense of déjà vu. If only anything else about it was profound.

    June 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The gunplay in Anna grows repetitive before long, and the heroine's invincibility feels like a cheap substitute for the power that Besson wields over her.

    June 21, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Over and over, the film proceeds down one narrative path, then jumps back as each twist reveals a new, hidden thread. Besson keeps the story and action clear while deftly slipping in minor details that prove crucial later on.

    June 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anna

  • Mar 23, 2020
    Luc Besson knows how to direct action and this film is no exception but the film skips ahead and backwards and it gets hard to keep up. Three hundred people easily die in this film and the violence is fairly graphic. The redeeming quality is the lead actress Luss who carries the film. Helen Mirren is wasted as is Evans and Murphy. 03-22-2020
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2020
    From Luc Besson comes the action-packed spy thriller Anna. The story follows a Soviet spy named Anna Poliatova who poses as a fashion model but is secretly an assassin; however when she learns that she's been lied to by her handler she attempts cut a deal with the CIA and get out of the spy game. It's kind of a formulaic and cliché plot (with the whole sexy female spy thing), but Besson manages to spice it up with a non-linear narrative that uses flashbacks to reveal the twists; which helps to heighten the suspense. Newcomer Sasha Luss gives a solid performance and handles the stunt work quite well, and she's backed by a strong supporting cast that includes Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, and Cillian Murphy. Additionally, the fight sequences are dynamic and exciting. While its bit derivative and recycles a number of spy tropes, Anna manages to be an entertaining film that delivers a few surprises.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2019
    If Red Sparrow was the crap version of Atomic Blonde, when the Hell does that make the crap version of Red Sparrow? ...Fuckin' Anna I guess.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2019
    Luc Besson takes another ride on his poor-girl-becomes-badass-assassin bicycle. He's given this bike lots of gears, err, plot twists, to keep things interesting. These pictures must be profitable else why return to the formula time and again?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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