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Anonymous Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
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-
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
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
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Judith Newmark
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
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
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
November 3, 2011
The film presents an interesting argument, but didn't entirely convince me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
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
Michael Simms
FILMINK (Australia)
November 3, 2011
Though far-fetched, this celebration of storytelling is an exhilarating and visually lavish thrill ride.
Rima Sabina Aouf
MovieFIX
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
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
November 3, 2011
What sinks it is the pervading sense that Emmerich wants us to take it seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
November 3, 2011
Anonymous is fun -- if you take the anti-Shakespearean tale as events set in an unreal, alternate universe.
| Original Score: 3/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
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+
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
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
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 31, 2011
'Anonymous' a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: C plus

Film4
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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
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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