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Anna Karenina Reviews

June 14, 2013
So can we somehow make a bargain with the film world: no more Anna Kareninas? You're making idiots of yourselves.
November 30, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 30, 2012
In this adaptation, director Joe Wright, plus screenwriter Tom Stoppard, are determined to tame the untameable. And they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 30, 2012
"Anna Karenina," lush as it is, fails to strike a fully human chord.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 29, 2012
The very picture of noble failure, it's a bright red heart without a beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2012
The metaphorical force of this conceit-insisting on the artifice of the social world that frowns on rapture-is not hard to grasp, but its frailty unsettles some of the actors.
November 21, 2012
Even more than most versions of "Anna Karenina," this chamber piece is heated by two combustible characters, not by the winds of war and peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2012
Thank goodness for Domhnall Gleeson's gentle turn as Oblonsky's friend Levin. The ginger-haired landowner is the movie's warmest figure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2012
It's hard not to admire Wright's bold approach to Anna Karenina's story of longing and jealousy and societal condemnation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2012
Knightley and Law are what salvage Wright's interesting stab at something different, taking an interesting, if flawed, experiment and turning it into something better than it probably ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 20, 2012
You don't merely watch Joe Wright's sumptuous "Anna Karenina," but you waltz with it, run with it, whirl with it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2012
This multilayered movie is not your average Tolstoy adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2012
This story has been filmed many times, but never with this kind of erotic charge. Knightley is glorious. My advice is to let Wright's Anna Karenina work its strange and marvelous spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2012
Often deliberately arch and formal, the performers have been instructed to emphasize the overwrought theatricality of Anna's disapproving social set. What doesn't emerge is Anna's passion. Panic is more like it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 16, 2012
Without Tolsoy's profound interior narration, Anna Karenina is just a soap opera, and for some reason director Joe Wright has decided to compound this problem with deliberate, showy artifice.
November 16, 2012
For "Anna Karenina" to truly work, you have to look at this two and think, what a tragedy. Instead you look at Anna and think, what a fool.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2012
A handsome, grandly theatrical reimagining of the Tolstoy novel starring his muse, Keira Knightley.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2012
Wright's "Anna Karenina" sings, dances and finally soars, even as its legendary heroine plunges to her most self-destructive depths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2012
Wright made the movie he wanted to make, and he made it well. It just wasn't worth making.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 15, 2012
An intoxicating spectacle that breathes new life into the classic Tolstoy novel, incorporating the notion that all life's a stage -- at least for imperial Russian society.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 15, 2012
The best that can be said of Knightley is that she's puppy-eyed eye candy, in vibrant reds and blacks with fur trims to die for.
November 15, 2012
All dressed up with no place to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 15, 2012
As a one-time devotee of Russian literature, I was suitably diverted and occasionally impressed. Your mileage may vary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2012
The ropes and curtains and ladders of this "Anna Karenina" serve mainly as distractions. And they're solutions to a part of the problem that doesn't exist.
November 15, 2012
There's a coldness to the new "Anna Karenina" that has nothing to do with the white stuff piled up along the streets of 19th-century St. Petersburg. It's the chill that comes from a director entranced with his own talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 15, 2012
It is risky and ambitious enough to count as an act of artistic hubris, and confident enough to triumph on its own slightly - wonderfully - crazy terms.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 15, 2012
"Anna" is daring enough to seduce us, if ultimately incapable of breaking our hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2012
A furiously ambitious literary adaptation, the best of Wright and Knightley's careers, that tries to make us feel the intense sexuality and terror and grief of a classic novel ...
November 15, 2012
In making the radical artistic choice to tell the story as if it were being enacted by players on a stage, Wright falls passionately in love with his own fanciful artifices.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 15, 2012
There's no deadlier sort of movie than a stodgy literary adaptation. Thankfully, Joe Wright seems incapable of making one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 15, 2012
This is a sumptuous film - extravagantly staged and photographed, perhaps too much so for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2012
James Joyce once wrote that [Tolstoy] was "never dull, never stupid, never tired, pedantic or theatrical." He might change his mind if he saw Anna Karenina.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 14, 2012
... the signal achievement of this version of 'Anna Karenina' is that it manages to use a world literary classic as the platform for nothing less than the longest Chanel ad ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 13, 2012
Wondrous as all this artifice is, it's also a huge distraction. The self-consciousness of the structure keeps us at arm's length emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2012
Confoundingly good performances gradually win the movie from Wright's puerile conceit, giving us an Anna Karenina if not for the ages, than at least for an evening.
November 13, 2012
It never feels like we're watching people pressed on by the burdens of society and history, just extravagantly costumed puppets navigating Wright's colorfully shallow bag of tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 12, 2012
Eschewing the classical realism that's characterized most adaptations of Tolstoy's source novel, helmer Joe Wright makes the generally inspired decision to stylize his dark, expressionist take on Anna Karenina.
November 12, 2012
As boldly original a miscalculation as any you're likely to see.
September 10, 2012
Knightley embodies Anna as a girlish woman who has never felt erotic love; once smitten, she is raised to heavenly ecstasy before tumbling into the abyss of shame.
September 7, 2012
Solid visual moments aren't enough to sustain an audience, and Joe Wright's style isn't enough to salvage gaping wounds in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 7, 2012
The weight of its intellectual distancing device presses much of the life and feeling out of Joe Wright's and Tom Stoppard's adventurous adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.
September 4, 2012
Knightley, resplendent in exaggerated furs and art-directed lace veils, has never looked more like an honest-to-goodness movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5