Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina (1935)

In this filmization of Leo Tolstoy's novel, Greta Garbo plays the sheltered wife of Czarist official Rathbone. Intending to dissuade Rathbone's brother from a life of debauchery, Garbo is sidetracked by her own fascination with a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1935
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
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CA Lejeune
Observer (UK)

On the whole, Anna Karenina is a picture of merit. It is decorative, well-meaning, and full of neat encounters, and it certainly presents a Garbo in the high summer of her maturity, richer and more mellow than she has ever been before.

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Emanuel Levy

In her 23rd film, Garbo's luminous performance, as the audlterous protag of Tolstoy's novel, is way above the mediocre level of the narrative and direction; the film is a remake of Love, in which Garbo starred opposite her then lover John Gilbert.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

A slick, MGM production with a great cast but without much Tolstoy left.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This lavish, MGM production surely excises some of the important details from Leo Tolstoy's novel, but makes up for it with the luminous presence of Greta Garbo and some gorgeous cinematography.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Given the full glossy MGM treatment.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Garbo's best and most affecting films.

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Urban Cinefile

Garbo, who also starred in the 1927 silent version of the Tolstoy story, is radiant and vulnerable throughout the film, the centre of the emotional storm that engulfs her.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Garbo speaks again in one of her best.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Good in a golden age of Hollywood kind of way.
jay nixon
Has the customary MGM sheen and Garbo is good as always but still heavy going.
Jennifer Xu
Is it possible for a film to be well-made, but is as boring as humanly possible? I really don't think Anna Karenina was meant to be translated onto the… More