Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina (1997)

This lavish remake of Tolstoy's classic novel is the first American version to be filmed in Russia. Like its filmic predeccessors, it focuses more on the romantic and tragic aspects of the story and ignores the political undertones of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 4, 1997
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Only die-hard romantics are likely not to come away disappointed.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

This sleek, Cliffs Notes version of a masterpiece is ... glossy and picture perfect on the surface and hollow at the core.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

You're better off reading the Cliff's Notes.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

[Rose's] screenplay is a ragbag, nothing like a tragedy in which the nemesis is Time. And his casting!

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

When [Anna and Vronsky] first lay eyes on each other at the train station in St. Petersburg, the only steam between them comes from the engine.

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Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

Like its opening, Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is half-successful.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Bloodless and shallow adaptation.

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James Berardinelli

A copy of the paperback book should cost about as much as a movie ticket, and will provide a more lasting and worthwhile investment.

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E! Online

Doesn't build strong relationships between the characters, relying instead on overheated words and performances to generate false intensity.

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Doctor Strangeblog
I can't tell you how faithful this opulent version of the classic tragedy is, but it was very highly regarded compared to other film versions according to… More
Leo L
Simply brilliant!