Anonymous Reviews

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November 4, 2011
Will Shakespeare, whose words shine on, bright and brave, Is turning o'er with laughter in his grave.
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.
October 29, 2011
John Orloff's screenplay could have used a rewrite by de Vere -- or whomever.
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.
October 28, 2011
The digitally wrought period settings are simply gorgeous.
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.
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.
October 28, 2011
Like vermin, facts here are banished / Logic dispelled, plain motives all vanished ...
October 28, 2011
Anonymous may not convince anyone, but it certainly should entertain them.
Top Critic
October 28, 2011
As silly as most of this is, Anonymous is undeniably a handsome picture. The costumes are gorgeous, with enough velvet and brocade to make everybody seem downright upholstered.
October 28, 2011
Audiences may chuckle. Stratfordians, prepare for conniptions.
October 28, 2011
Take the political intrigue of Elizabeth, add the backstage drama of Shakespeare in Love, and divide by the adherence to fact and logic that propelled 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow.
October 28, 2011
If you are looking for something more intellectual, and certainly more accurate in its portrayal of a rich period in English history, you will have to go elsewhere.
October 28, 2011
Apart from these few light moments, Anonymous is a case of ingenuity wasted on an unintelligent enterprise.
October 28, 2011
"Anonymous'' is a thoroughly entertaining load of eye candy with solid performances, even if John Orloff's exposition-heavy script practically requires a concordance to follow at times.
October 28, 2011
Don't let the frilly costumes, courtly language and historical pretense fool you: "Anonymous" is still a Roland Emmerich movie - a blessing when it comes to vigor and a curse when it comes to subtlety, proportion or sense.
October 28, 2011
Though the cast is energetic and the intrigues diverting, you'll have to distance yourself from reality to enjoy so much outlandish scheming.
October 28, 2011
The whole thing is splendidly decked out and dramatised with swirling panache.
October 27, 2011
The very qualities that fuel the historical hokum of Anonymous -- over-the-top royal intrigue and incest, violent literary backstabbing, frothing conspiracy -- also happen to make for wild entertainment.
October 27, 2011
As the Bard probably would not say, Anonymous is some crazy shit.
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