Anonymous (2011)

Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Sigmund Freud, namely: who actually created the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 28, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Roland Emmerich delivers his trademark visual and emotional bombast, but the more Anonymous stops and tries to convince the audience of its half-baked theory, the less convincing it becomes.

Judith Newmark
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Will Shakespeare, whose words shine on, bright and brave, Is turning o'er with laughter in his grave.

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Alonso Duralde

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews's ultimately clear that Emmerich should stick to the larger-than-life, blockbuster fare with which he's become associated.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

The digitally wrought period settings are simply gorgeous.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

The director offers up an unfocused but intriguing alternate look at William Shakespeare.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

John Orloff's screenplay could have used a rewrite by de Vere -- or whomever.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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.

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

Roland Emmerich takes a questionable literary controversy and deftly forms it into an Elizabethan political drama in the Shakespeare-themed 'Anonymous'.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Emmerich loses all credibility trying to make us buy his theory at any cost, and even though it has a great production design and an intriguing premise, the… More
Cynthia S.
Yet another movie that I do not understand all the negative reviews. Granted, this is my very favorite genre of movies, but I absolutely loved it....conspiracy… More
Spencer S.
Anonymous is a film that straddles the lines between fact, fiction, and speculation while retaining every bit of its poignant drama. Lending to the long debated… More
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paul sandberg
Whether you believe in the theory posited in Anonymous, or whether facts are ignored or distorted is irrelevant - since this is a fine production that, from the… More
Manu Gino
Was Shakespeare a Fraud? Don't waste your time! This movie is really bad and boring. I usually don't fall asleep watching movies but this one hit… More