The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film grabs at historical facts, mangles them into a plot worthy of a John le Carré spy novel and takes the viewer on a breathtaking ride through ye olde London.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Ifans is convincingly world-weary as the earl who prefers writing sonnets to the pageantry of court life. Anonymous aims to be epic but is closer to stately soap opera.
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By Bob Mondello
Bottom line: Grant the film's big moments a kind of loopy majesty, and note that they're better acted than they deserve to be, not just by Ifans, Redgrave and Spall, but by David Thewlis and Edward Hogg as the villainous father-son team of William and Robert Cecil. It's a classy cast.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The moviemaking is proficient, if unremarkable. I like the idea of an Elizabethan action movie apparently more than I enjoy watching one.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
An airless, bilious, endless pageant of pseudohistory.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Say this for Emmerich, he's not stuffy. And he lucks out big-time with his cast.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
So if you don't mind, I'll just go back to believing that someone named Shakespeare (whoever he was) wrote Shakespeare's works. And I'll just go back to regarding them with awe.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Thumpingly silly yet self-serious period-piece what-if.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though the cast is energetic and the intrigues diverting, you'll have to distance yourself from reality to enjoy so much outlandish scheming.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
In a movie that rings false at every turn, Ms. Redgrave's Elizabeth is truly and infallibly regal.
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50 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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