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Anna Karenina Reviews

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
May 17, 2016
It makes for a wonderfully adventurous adaptation that is at times quite thrilling, but one which too often misses the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013
Maybe Wright and Stoppard have not given us a great Anna Karenina. .. this movie is too derivative and flashy for that, but they have connected the romantic and philosophical poles...The heart wants what it wants, and will destroy itself to have it.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013
A whirlwind affair composed of dazzling set pieces and a driving narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 4, 2013
Tolstoy's novel rendered in exquisite Faberge egg form.
February 28, 2013
While there are suitably glorious elements, there's also a frankly bizarre and much-debated aspect added by playwright Tom Stoppard, so that the whole thing is full of 'Brechtian Alienation Devices' and narrative-splintering tricks.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
February 26, 2013
It's easy to conclude that this Anna Karenina is a superficial portrait of a superficial society, but that would be to dismiss how emotionally powerful it is in key moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 21, 2013
There have been countless film and tv versions of Russian author Leo Tolstoy's classic high society love story. But none have been captured so beautifully and boldly as this Anna Karenina.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Simon Weaving
February 20, 2013
a visually unique story world, bold and beautiful, and dramatically fused with passion. Yet it's also a limited space that remains prisoner to its self-conscious theatrical structures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
February 15, 2013
Between the screenplay by playwright Tom Stoppard and the direction of Joe Wright, Anna Karenina is a stylistically fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 14, 2013
Joe Wright uses the theatre and has the actors taking part in a stage production which then moves out into the real world. I think that's done beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 14, 2013
Well, Joe Wright has done it. His ANNA KARENINA is a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 8, 2013
Wright's edgy, bravura approach actually enhances the moral themes and the social context, illuminating the story in a fresh, contemporary light. This is cinema
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 8, 2013
Wright's vision in re-imagining this classic tale is conceptually brilliant, with a perpetual sense of motion... a visual and emotional statement
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 4, 2013
Like its central character, this is beautiful and brave even if it fails to fully realise its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013
Anna Karenina plays like the ultimate CliffsNotes, which is both testament to Stoppard's exceptional adaptation and abridgement of Tolstoy's novel and acknowledgment of the film's somewhat superficial center.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 2, 2013
Knightley has a rare gift for making viewers willing to follow her characters even as they make catastrophically stupid decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
January 10, 2013
The end result remains quixotically affecting, and more than the sum of its many delirious parts.
Jason Gorber
December 28, 2012
One of those lovely, nomination-gleaning period pieces that some simply adore. It's got a playful and unique style to it that transcends the charge of it being yet another costume drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 10, 2012
A clever and gorgeous-looking adaptation of the great novel which intricately combines theater and cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cynthia Fuchs
December 8, 2012
Again and again, Anna is bereft, isolated, frightened. That this is more a function of her world than her is a point left to fester: she believes it's them, and then she believes them, that it's her.
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