Anna Karenina 2012

Anna Karenina

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Joe Wright's energetic adaptation of Tolstoy's classic romance is a bold, visually stylized work -- for both better and worse.

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Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley), the wife of a Russian imperial minister (Jude Law), creates a high-society scandal by an affair with Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a dashing cavalry officer in 19th-century St. Petersburg. Anna's husband, Alexei, offers her a difficult choice: Go into exile with Vronsky but never see her young son again, or remain with her family and abide by the rules of discretion. Meanwhile, a farmer named Levin pines for Princess Kitty, who only has eyes for Vronsky.

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Keira Knightley
Anna Karenina
Olivia Williams
Countess Vronsky
Ruth Wilson
Princess Betsy Tverskoy
Tom Stoppard
Screenwriter
Tim Bevan
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Liza Chasin
Executive Producer
Seamus McGarvey
Cinematographer
Sarah Greenwood
Production Design
Melanie Ann Oliver
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Jacqueline Durran
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Critic Reviews for Anna Karenina

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  • So can we somehow make a bargain with the film world: no more Anna Kareninas? You're making idiots of yourselves.

    June 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Trying to one-up Tolstoy was always going to be a bad idea, though I wouldn't object to seeing a Bond movie, or Les Miserables, staged in the same way.

    February 14, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a half-success -- a baldly conceptual response to the Leo Tolstoy novel, with a heavy theatrical framework placed around the narrative of girl meets boy, followed by girl meets train.

    November 30, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In this adaptation, director Joe Wright, plus screenwriter Tom Stoppard, are determined to tame the untameable. And they do.

    November 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Anna Karenina," lush as it is, fails to strike a fully human chord.

    November 30, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • The very picture of noble failure, it's a bright red heart without a beat.

    November 29, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 27, 2015
    Anna Karenina is a great story, and this is an adaptation that gets better each time you see it. At first, it can be a bit confusing, because it is like a musical piece that one has to hear more than once to get the feel of; but a good amount of feeling does go into the film. Kiera Knightly plays a very sympathetic Anna: natural, and not exactly naive, but at the same time does not really know what she is doing as she is pulled about by her "demon". The film looks great and the stage-play motif is brought off magnificently with vital creative spirit. The main downside of the film is that Count Vronsky does not come off as someone worth ruining oneself over (though perhaps others will think different). On the other hand, the scenes between Anna and her husband (played by Jude Law) have very good dramatic tension and draw the film through each act. All-in-all, Anna Karenina is a good film with rewatch value. This is a commercial production, but a very creative and interesting one. My rating is a touch on the high side (relative to what one should expect), but it suits some of my tastes, and I personally enjoyed this film quite a bit.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2013
    The film was so so. It was beautifully shot. Great costumes and music score. The pacing was off. I felt like I have seen Keira play this kind of role before in the movie Duchess. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was miscast. The supporting actors were very good. I found them more fascinating than the main two characters. Jude Law is great here. I liked seeing the Pride and Prejudice reunion between Keira and Matthew MacFadyen, Matthew is great here.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2013
    I couldn't get into this for some reason. Turned it off after 40 minutes.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2013
    The film looks gorgeous and I loved the idea of setting most of it within a theatre, although I wish Wright had kept his nerve and had no outside shots in the film. The cast are very strong (MacFadyen is especially funny as Anna's brother and Law is very sympathetic as her husband) but the whole thing is let down by a story that edges towards being boring. I applaud the effort but just wish the whole thing had been done with better source material.
    David S Super Reviewer

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