Anna Karenina
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The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her. -- (C) Focus

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"So can we somehow make a bargain with the film world: no more Anna Kareninas? You're making idiots of yourselves."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
""Anna Karenina," lush as it is, fails to strike a fully human chord."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"[Lack of] clarity is this slick adaptation's biggest fault."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"The film does not do even minimal justice to the themes informing the tragedy."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"While there are suitably glorious elements, there's also a frankly bizarre and much-debated aspect added by playwright Tom Stoppard, so that the whole thing is full of 'Brechtian Alienation Devices' and narrative-splintering tricks."
‑ David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Rip It Up
"It's a half-success -- a baldly conceptual response to the Leo Tolstoy novel, with a heavy theatrical framework placed around the narrative of girl meets boy, followed by girl meets train."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The very picture of noble failure, it's a bright red heart without a beat."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The look is gorgeous, of course, but seldom has so much aestheticization served so much heartlessness."
‑ Graham Fuller, Film Comment Magazine
"A whirlwind affair composed of dazzling set pieces and a driving narrative."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It's easy to conclude that this Anna Karenina is a superficial portrait of a superficial society, but that would be to dismiss how emotionally powerful it is in key moments."
‑ Rima Sabina Aouf, Concrete Playground
"In this adaptation, director Joe Wright, plus screenwriter Tom Stoppard, are determined to tame the untameable. And they do."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The metaphorical force of this conceit-insisting on the artifice of the social world that frowns on rapture-is not hard to grasp, but its frailty unsettles some of the actors."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Maybe Wright and Stoppard have not given us a great Anna Karenina. .. this movie is too derivative and flashy for that, but they have connected the romantic and philosophical poles...The heart wants what it wants, and will destroy itself to have it."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Tolstoy's novel rendered in exquisite Faberge egg form."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"There have been countless film and tv versions of Russian author Leo Tolstoy's classic high society love story. But none have been captured so beautifully and boldly as this Anna Karenina."
‑ Brian Henry Martin, UTV
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