Anna Karenina


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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The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her. -- (C) Focus

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Keira Knightley
as Anna Karenina
Jude Law
as Karenin
Ruth Wilson
as Princess Betsy Tverskoy
Olivia Williams
as Countess Vronsky
Emily Watson
as Countess Lydia Ivanovna
Theo Morrissey
as Grisha Oblonsky
Cecily Morrissey
as Lili Oblonsky
Freya Galpin
as Masha Oblonsky
Octavia Morrissey
as Tanya Oblonsky
Beatrice Morrissey
as Vasya Oblonsky
Marine Battier
as Mlle. Roland
Carl Grose
as Korney
Bryan Hands
as Mikhail Slyudin
Luke Newberry
as Vasily Lukich
Michael Shaeffer
as Doorkeeper
Steven Beard
as Elderly Waiter
Pip Torrens
as Prince Shcherbatsky
Susanne Lothar
as Princess Shcherbatsky
Alexandra Roach
as Countess Nordston
David Wilmot
as Nikolai
Joseph Macnab
as Guards Officer
Nick Holder
as Stationmaster
Claire Greenway
as Austrian Princess
Mike Shepherd
as Wheel Tapper
Arthur Nightingale
as Oblonsky's Servant
Gala Wesson
as Kitchen Maid
Kyle Soller
as Korsunsky
Sam Cox
as Kapitonich
Max Bennett
as Petritsky
Antony Byrne
as Colonel
Michelle Dockery
as Princess Myagkaya
Emerald Fennell
as Princess Merkalova
Sarine Sofair
as Anna's Friend
Thomas Howes
as Yashvin
Raphaël Personnaz
as Alexander Vronsky
Cara Delevingne
as Princess Sorokina
Bodil Blain
as Princess Sorokina Senior
Kenneth Collard
as Prince Tverskoy
Steve Evets
as Theodore
Conor McCarry
as Young Peasant
Giles King
as Stremov
Martin Wimbush
as Anna's Doctor
James Northcote
as Princess Betsy's Footman
Duncan Wisbey
as Shopkeeper
Jamie Beamish
as Opera House Husband
Shirley Henderson
as Opera House Wife
Simon Muller
as Opera House Manager
Nikolai Lester
as Piano Prodigy
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Critic Reviews for Anna Karenina

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (46)

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

    Jun 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.

    Feb 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.

    Nov 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.

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

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

    Tom Long

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

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

Audience Reviews for Anna Karenina

  • 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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