Written December 11, 2012
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. Especially hats. Can't believe this film actually got made. Leo might be laughing from the grave---or crying. Watch grass grow -- cheaper entertainment.
Written November 25, 2012
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 part beautifully.
If you like period films and are a romantic at heart....it is a must see.
Written July 29, 2014
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 didn't like it but I did - enough to see it twice. The movie was actually choreographed throughout so that the music and dance-like movements were an important part of telling the beautiful story. I especially loved that the whole Tolstoy novel was portrayed - not just "Anna's" story. Anna's brother & sister-in-law as well as another couple's love stories were told also and were a nice contrast to Anna's tragedy. Also, the movie included Tolstoy's comments on the rigidity of Russian society and brought out the class warfare that would lead to the communist revolution years later. It was great - I would see it again!
Written December 02, 2012
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 did I enjoy the movie, but also the AMC courthouse cinema theatre in Arlington with its ever so comfy seats!
Written September 01, 2014
One of the most passionate love stories of all times has been reduced to a few badly placed sound bites. Judd Law does his best, but there is only so much that this great actor can do with so very little to work with! Rent the original!!