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Rated R · 129 minutes · 2012

Historical drama, Romance
While it’s extremely colorful, this update of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel tries way too hard to reinvent a perfectly good wheel. Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) gives Anna Karenina a much-unneeded facelift, soaking the story in more style than it knows what to do with. The performances by Keira Knightley and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (as Anna and Count Vronsky, respectively) are forced to extreme ends of the spectrum thanks to Wright’s fussing, which places more of an emphasis on how he envisions the world in which the story takes place, and less of an emphasis on the story itself. All in all, this is just a handsome mistake. There’s not enough that’s new, and Wright’s gimmicks generally subtract from what makes Anna Karenina such a great story to begin with.


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Official Site: focusfeatures.com/anna_karenina
Director: Joe Wright
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster and Liza Chasin
Cast: Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Oskar McNamara, Olivia Williams, Ruth Wilson and Emily Watson

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Colorado Springs Independent Staged romance: Anna Karenina Well, there's Keira Knightley again. by Tricia Olszewski 11/28/2012
Creative Loafing Atlanta Lavish art direction upstages love triangle in Anna Karenina Keira Knightley's performance trapped on set by Curt Holman 11/20/2012
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Style Weekly Movie Review: "Anna Karenina" A gorgeous, risk-taking adaptation of Tolstoy's classic. by Wayne Melton 11/27/2012
The Coast Halifax Anna Karenina Sure it's long, but not long enough to do justice to complex characters by Molly Segal 11/29/2012
East Bay Express Anna Karenina One-track mind. by Kelly Vance 11/21/2012
Memphis Flyer Anna Karenina The adaptation reimagined. by Greg Akers 11/29/2012
Portland Mercury Anna KareninWHAAAA?! Hey lit nerds! Prepare yourselves to fight over Anna Karenina! by Jamie S. Rich 11/21/2012
Charleston City Paper Joe Wright's sumptuous adaptation of Anna Karenina is a bit of a mess This is Wright's movie first and an adaptation of Tolstoy's novel second. Wright worked with playwright Tom Stoppard to adapt the story to screen, and the two don't just drown the narrative in overt stylizations, they excise and re-emphasize sections and subplots as they see fit. Anna Karenina has been turned from a multi-faceted novel into a delectably sensual yarn. by Jake Mulligan 12/05/2012
Creative Loafing Charlotte Anna Karenina: From Russia with love Rating: *** by Matt Brunson 11/30/2012
Indy Week Anna Karenina catches her train Joe Wright's visualization of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel about adulterous passion is audacious. by Laura Boyes 11/28/2012

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