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Anonymous Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 30, 2011
Creaking narrative construction succumbs to gigantic cracks of exposition and a maze of disjointed flashbacks in Roland Emmerich's disastrous attempt at demystifying the identity of the Bard.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 30, 2011
File this one in the category of entertaining historical fiction. There are facts here, but one must possess more than a passing familiarity with history to be able to spot them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 30, 2011
The American screenwriter John Orloff may have wished for a muse of fire, but unfortunately he's been given an ear of cloth, and his film would hardly pass muster as a sixth-form end-of-term romp.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 29, 2011
Power, betrayal, incest and the theatre are the red-hot ingredients of this intriguing and potentially explosive costume drama.. My lament... is the jumbled, convoluted storyline
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
October 29, 2011
This film is not really about promoting an alternate theory of authorship so much as presenting an intriguing (if unlikely) scenario and seeing how it would play out. It makes for a ripping good story, whether or not it's factual.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
October 29, 2011
...disappointing, overly long, convoluted, confusing, and fatuous, exacerbated by the depiction of Queen Elizabeth I as a profligate slut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
October 29, 2011
The film may piss off more viewers than it wins over, but there's no denying that Anonymous has balls the size of The Globe Theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 stars
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
October 29, 2011
An opulent 16th century costume drama that serves as a far-fetched, alternative-history curiousity, continuing the mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 29, 2011
What must not be forgotten is this is an entertaining piece of imaginary work in itself - as suggested by the opening prologue by Derek Jacobi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
October 29, 2011
A tale worthy of a Shakespeare play in its own right when not more suited for the Enquirer, the film is striking to behold. But a great deal longer than it needs to be, tossing in homicidal swordplay, vintage boy toys and kinky inbred royal closet lust.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 29, 2011
John Orloff's screenplay could have used a rewrite by de Vere -- or whomever.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
October 29, 2011
Bountiful in look and scandal yet convoluted in plot and historical validity, Anonymous tries to be a serious work of art but doesn't have the credibility or filmmaking discipline needed to present its wild conspiracy theories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 28, 2011
Convoluted at worst and confusing at best, Anonymous looks pretty and is for the most part competently acted, but it's not Shakespeare. Not by a mile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Lybarger
Huffington Post
October 28, 2011
Emmerich can say what he likes, but I would rather go read whomever wrote the great folio.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
October 28, 2011
As historical entertainment, it is bracing in its twists and turns. As a tribute to the power of words and the beauty of language in the hands of a genius, it is superb
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 28, 2011
Knowing that non-Masterpiece Theater audiences will grow fidgety over this sort of thing, Emmerich and Orloff throw in plenty of sword-fighting, bear-baiting, and bodice-ripping.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 28, 2011
The digitally wrought period settings are simply gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 28, 2011
This is irresistible as self-knowing camp: the players ham it up in high fashion and the script crams at least one lurid revelation into every scene.
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
October 28, 2011
If convolution where compliments, Anonymous would be one highly flattered film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 28, 2011
What's disappointing about Anonymous is that it isn't dumb enough. Rather than plunging merrily ahead with its fanciful counternarrative, the movie keeps stopping to actually, seriously make its case -- to posit and explain and persuade.
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