Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 19, 2013
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Joe Wright's energetic adaptation of Tolstoy's classic romance is a bold, visually stylized work -- for both better and worse.

David Thomson
The New Republic

So can we somehow make a bargain with the film world: no more Anna Kareninas? You're making idiots of yourselves.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"Anna Karenina," lush as it is, fails to strike a fully human chord.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

[Lack of] clarity is this slick adaptation's biggest fault.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The very picture of noble failure, it's a bright red heart without a beat.

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Graham Fuller
Film Comment Magazine

The look is gorgeous, of course, but seldom has so much aestheticization served so much heartlessness.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

In this adaptation, director Joe Wright, plus screenwriter Tom Stoppard, are determined to tame the untameable. And they do.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Robinson
Two problems with this movie: (1) the source material is deadly boring and (2) Keira Knightley. She's just not the elegantly tragic figure that the central… More
Raymond Wieser
Boasting splendid production design, gorgeous set pieces, stunning cinematography and a wonderfully immersive score, Anna Karenina is mostly an art piece, with… More
Alice Shen
Setting this sprawling, aristocratic tale of social and literal suicide on a stage is at first gimmicky, later mindfucky, and on the whole, an interesting… More
Carlos Magalhães
A gigantic novel impressively adapted to a little over two hours of sumptuous experience. The production design is splendid, with the action brilliantly placed… More
jay nixon
Amazing production design, really breathtaking but the staged presentation while unusual puts the story at a remove. Good performances especially Matthew… More
KJ Proulx
Boasting from strong performances, a powerful story of love, a score that will immerse you even in the slowest parts of the film, and set pieces that will… More