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Anonymous Reviews

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November 6, 2011
Call it the anti-Shakespeare in Love. Call it the more cultured cousin to Inglourious Basterds. Just don't call Anonymous a fact-based story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2011
As a nail-biting thriller of court intrigue, lies, and rebellion, I would be forced to admit that, yes, Lisy Christl's costume designs are really pretty good. I'm drawing a blank on anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
November 4, 2011
Perhaps there is an element of truth in this tale but director Roland Emmerich makes it very hard to believe with this muddled story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 4, 2011
Bereft of comedy, Anonymous is the cinematic equivalent of limp celery. It's crying out for a crisp rewrite from the Bard himself but alas, poor yawners, all we get is Fakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 4, 2011
Will Shakespeare, whose words shine on, bright and brave, Is turning o'er with laughter in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 3, 2011
The loud, overwrought Anonymous is an affront to the richness and beauty of Shakespeare's work -- no matter who really wrote it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 3, 2011
I felt absolutely drawn along in this film. I had a really boisterous, Elizabethan good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 3, 2011
The film presents an interesting argument, but didn't entirely convince me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 3, 2011
Though Anonymous is historical hogwash of the highest order, it is never less than highly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 3, 2011
Though far-fetched, this celebration of storytelling is an exhilarating and visually lavish thrill ride.
November 3, 2011
Anonymous is earnest, high-camp and regularly ridiculous, but it's also a fun and gripping adventure for lovers of stagecraft or Tudor mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 3, 2011
Overlong, labyrinthine and most certainly speculative in its history, "Anonymous" benefits from a central conceit that is too intriguing to be dismissed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2011
What sinks it is the pervading sense that Emmerich wants us to take it seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 3, 2011
Anonymous is fun -- if you take the anti-Shakespearean tale as events set in an unreal, alternate universe.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2011
Shakespeare's work proves that imagination is more important than fact - Anonymous stumbles badly while trying the opposite approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 1, 2011
Emmerich can keep track of hurtling cars and crumbling buildings, but distinguishing between one scruffy Elizabethan and another is apparently beyond him.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
October 31, 2011
Roland Emmerich is the doyen of historically inaccurate disasterpieces, the pre-eminent cinematic misinterpreter of scientific theories, and the gullible go-to-guy when it comes to half-baked conspiracy thrillers. Anonymous is [his] 'perfect storm'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 31, 2011
'Anonymous' a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: C plus
October 31, 2011
It's geeky forgettable fun for Shakespeare nerds with a suitable sense of the absurd, but possibly a bit dull for Emmerich's usual fanbase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 30, 2011
A remarkably restrained and complex film that explores the power that popular entertainment has to embed ideological ideas into the minds of the audiences who consume it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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