Excellent movie even if only 1/10th of book

By hskaplan
Written December 02, 2012
This was the love story and not the philosophical treatise on nearly everything. I am not much for love stories as the major theme, but this is among the best. The staging was extremely creative and for that alone it is a Must Go.
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Anna Karenina

By Florida Lady
Written December 02, 2012
If you want to see a ridiculous movie that thinks it's a play go to see this. We walked out after 15 minutes. It's like they are trying to win a cinematolgraphy award with no substance. If I wanted to see live theater I would go to a play not a movie. Worst movie of the year.
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A beautiful, terrible movie

By ttomkruse
Written December 10, 2012
I won't insult chicks by calling this movie a chick flick. It's just a movie for shallow snobs. OK, the visuals were beautiful, and the acting was at least average. But the story only vaguely resembled Tolstoy's classic; the screenplay was TERRIBLE; and the direction was pretentious. SAVE YOUR MONEY. THIS MOVIE IS A WASTE OF TIME.
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Anna Karenina

By michaelmagdol
Written December 09, 2012
Costuming was lovely. Characters all attractive to look at. Substantively the film was a disappointment, using some of the core themes of a classic novel to deliver of story of unfaithfulness and retribution without any insights into the characters other than they do everything with style (of the period?).
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A great adaptation -- but it helps to have read the book

By rptimberwolf
Written December 22, 2012
Let me begin by saying that I really liked the movie and found each scene bringing back memories of the text of what is rightfully considered one of the greatest novels in world literature, if not the greatest. I saw it with a friend who hadn't read the book and he was rather lost for the first 20 minutes or so since the adaptation (particularly staging it in a theatre) can be confusing. Having read the book, I "got the gimmick" immediately and relaxed into what is essentially a "greatest moments" condensation. Nothing wrong with that, given that the book is 900+ pages and full of minor characters and incidents and wonderfully philosophical passages. Having seen one of the screen or TV adaptations would probably suffice. The magic of this movie is that all the families, happy and unhappy, are brought to the fore, rather than just the tragic triangle of Anna, Karinin, and Vronsky. Of course, the screenplay is by Tom Stoppard and can stand on its own.
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