Anna Karenina (2012) Synopsis
Trapped in a loveless marriage, Anna, looks for a better life, but finds only a more complicated one.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The story has been filmed many times, but never with this kind of erotic charge. Knightley is glorious, her eyes blazing with a carnal...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In making the radical artistic choice to tell the story as if it were being enacted by players on a stage, Wright falls passionately in...
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Scripted by playwright Tom Stoppard, the film labors to fit Tolstoy's sprawling story into its two hour and ten minute runtime by drawing...
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By Ella Taylor
Inner life comes hard to Knightley, and she never gets a grip on the mounting emotional turmoil that threatens to crush Anna as she...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The new film staggers under such a weight of self-conscious visual style that the story never connects with a viewer's emotions. Leo...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though energetic, daring and gorgeous to behold, this re-imagining of Tolstoy's classic tale lacks a viable sense of passion, holding the...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The film's structure is so boldly conceived it seems unfair to focus on flaws. But the central problem is undeniable: There is no chemistry...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Dazzlingly designed and staged in a theatrical setting so as to suggest that the characters are enacting assigned roles in life, this tight...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This latest iteration of the Tolstoy classic was clearly the product of audacious thinking, stylishly applied. Still, the thinking was as...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
You know there is something seriously wrong with Anna Karenina when you start rooting for the train.
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Beautifully engaging

By MedRed
Anna Karenina takes place in some of the most lavish and detailed settings to grace the big screen. This movie is a feast for the eyes. The scene transitions happen as if on a stage in a...

Enjoyable and fun but far from the novel

By oksanah
It is of course impossible to transform the whole book on to the screen of a movie theater but I thought a better job could have been accomplished. A lot of important parts have been ommited and...

Beautiful vision

By pennylane67
Anna Karenina is enchanting. Part film, part play...fantastic. The performances were stirring. Keira Knightly plays Anna in such a moving yet subtle peformance. Aaron Johnson was amazing. His...


By ehmoviefan
LOVED everything about this film, I am hoping it wins many awards next year. Kiera is beautiful and I am sure I will view this film again. Costumes, sets, casting, all right on the money and kudo's...

Tolstoy slaughtered by High School film class ....

By kcbk
Trying to be artistic, this film is just weird. Staged like a Mary Poppins musical but no one sings. Several in our audience just got up and left. I heard a few snores. Costumes were nice....


By oneof5
I like Keira Knightly and I love Anna Karenina (the book). I was very disappointed in this movie! It was weird at best. Low budget screamed from this movie. These people are Russian aristocracy and...


By Irishlass4165
How it is played out is a little different than traditional films...beautifully filmed. You will connect with the characters , enjoy the music, dances, costumes, the story. Keira Knightly plays the...

Stoppard and Wright take the Plunge

By Dimitri Sevastopoulo
For those who have NOT read or read about "Anna Karenina", this film will be a tough slog. I have read Tolstoy's masterpiece and shall read it again, but watching Tom Stoppard and Joe Wright being...

A must see!

By Sabq
The hype about the movie didn't disappoint. Excellent acting by all the characters. Of course it is always challenging for a movie to live up to the book, but this was a good adaptation. Not only...


By b_r_hardcastle
I read the book and thought I knew what I was about to see but was completely surprised by the unusual and very creative setting of this movie. I hear that the critics are just as shocked and many...

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Rated R | For Some sexuality and violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Stylized retelling of Tolstoy classic best for older teens.
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