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Anonymous Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 4, 2014's ultimately clear that Emmerich should stick to the larger-than-life, blockbuster fare with which he's become associated.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
The director offers up an unfocused but intriguing alternate look at William Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
Roland Emmerich takes a questionable literary controversy and deftly forms it into an Elizabethan political drama in the Shakespeare-themed 'Anonymous'.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 29, 2012
Bad history beautifully done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
Don't let the fact that it's different - or unadulterated bullshit of the highest order - put you off a story that, in truth, is more interesting than it is wholly entertaining or accurate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Beck
September 18, 2012
It may be one of the signs of the apocalypse, but thanks to a well-written screenplay, spot-on performances, and a fantastic production design, Emmerich has finally made a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Melin
February 23, 2012
Roland Emmerich's lurid, pulpy approach isn't subtle, but it suits the material, since this is presented as a controversial exposé.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
January 13, 2012
Fairly absorbing in an alternately classy and salaciously trashy way that operates not too unlike Emmerich's popcorn entertainers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
January 13, 2012
Bombastic claptrap.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 5, 2012
Es saludable que el director Roland Emmerich haya decidido cambiar de género; Anónimo es lo más interesante que haya hecho en toda su carrera... lo cual, pensándolo bien, no es un gran mérito.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
This movie is lurid fun that is much smarter than it has any business being.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 22, 2011
Calling Anonymous Roland Emmerich's masterpiece ranks high on the list of most meaningless claims of 2011. But it's true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Scantlebury
December 7, 2011
Any hope of Emmerich and writer Orloff putting together a coherent argument is destroyed by muddled narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
December 7, 2011
Anonymous premises Edward's manhood partly on his sexual prowess and partly on his poetry, but it loses sight of the latter's allusions and intrigues, and instead falls in love with its own most obvious sensations.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 18, 2011
Handsome, inconsequential "investigation" into the political and theatrical life of Elizabethan England makes a mystery of history.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 17, 2011
What's distressing isn't the film's plodding incoherence or wild-eyed credulousness but its misplaced priority: It suggests that what's most interesting about this writer we call Shakespeare is not the genius of his words but the puzzle of his identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
November 14, 2011
It didn't have me rethinking history, but for those two hours, it was entertaining enough. I don't know if that will be enough for Emmerich and this "What if?"
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Neil Pond
American Profile
November 11, 2011
It's easy to get lost in the facial-hair thicket of actors, earls, lords, Roberts, Thomases and Cecils, and the movie's jarring leaps across the years often make things even more challenging to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 6, 2011
A wonderful hypothetical about the identity of William Shakespeare, Anonymous is incredibly credible, a story of intrigue and facades.
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