Good, if there was hype, would not live up to it

By Claire.m.northam
Written December 02, 2012
Good movie. It was interesting to see Joe Wright's interpretation of the story. The way they did the party scenes was not what I expected, but AWESOME. At the beginning I thought, "I hope this isn't how the entire movie is," but I left feeling like I had just witnessed some creative genius. A little disappointed with the sex scene because I went in expecting something akin to Atonement's. If you're into costume and set design, it's definitely worth going just for that — it was beautiful! My boyfriend and I loved it, but we think others probably will not feel the same way. Not necessarily a "must-see", but if you have the time and means I believe it's not to be counted as "missable".
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Gorgeous but otherwise......

By altschiller
Written November 27, 2012
If sets, costumes and jewelry are your thing, don't miss it. Otherwise it's turgid, and miscast in it's most important role--Count Vronsky. Jude Law's Karenina may be stiff and formal, but he's kind, Arron Taylor-Johnson is foppish and insipid. Why would she leave her son, her life's love, for a fop?
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All the world is a stage?

By showbizliz
Written November 25, 2012
It was a beautifully shot film....story is great, of course....but I could have done without the "artsy" theatrical style that's solely used as a device rather than helping the story to move forward. I found it pretty distracting; I found it difficult to stay connected and related to the characters--it's almost as if it couldn't decide whether it was a film or a theatre piece. I still think it's a good film. But, would I tell friends they have to run out and see it? Not really.
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Lets Tolstoy Down

By 42morebutterbeers
Written December 10, 2012
I was disappointed by this film. Visually it is quite compelling, but the conceit of presenting scenes as though being staged becomes distracting and diminishes the film's content. The novel is a deep and weighty book that treats deep and weighty subjects. In the film, they become superficial, lost in all the pretty pictures. It is all frosting and no cake.
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Fantastic Choreography & Magnificent Sets!

By SteveWeatherstone
Written December 02, 2012
It is very hard to describe this movie, partly because I have never seen anything like it before! The formal dancing is incredibly intricate, & the way the actors move back and forth between theater and real life is very entertaining. The sets and costumes are also first rate, a feast for the eyes! Just be ready for intense emotion between various characters as the movie progresses!
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