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Rated PG-13 · 130 minutes · 2011

Historical drama
Could William Shakespeare have possibly written so much world-changing drama in just a quarter-century? That question is at the heart of the conspiracies questioning the authorship of the greatest vault in literature. Anonymous tackles one of the lesser legends, that the works of Shakespeare were actually penned by a member of English royalty named Edward De Vere (Rhys Ifans), who could not release the plays under his own name for political reasons. The film pushes the theory aggressively and wrangles some juicy soap-opera subplots involving Queen Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave) and bastard children. Ifans is the best he’s ever been, but the real powerhouse is Edward Hogg as a scheming adviser to the queen. Somehow, this tightly spun costume thriller is directed by Roland Emmerich (2012); Shakespeare himself would have had trouble writing such incredible irony.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Producer: Roland Emmerich, Larry Franco, Robert Leger, Volker Engel, Marc Weigert and John Orloff
Cast: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Sebastian Reid, Jamie Bower, Derek Jacobi, Trystan Gravelle, Helen Baxendale, Mark Rylance, Paolo De Vita, Robert Emms, Tony Way and Julian Bleach

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Indy Week Conspiracy theater in Anonymous Anonymous is a hoot for literate moviegoers, a treat for theater geeks, a rag on backstage egotists, and an alternate version of the Elizabethan Age. But I seriously doubt that it is history. by Laura Boyes 11/02/2011
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The Coast Halifax Both Anonymous and forgettable Historical drama hardly Shakespearean by Molly Segal 10/30/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector Shakespeare rolls over in his grave; Senna rolls to multiple victories; Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy roll out a $20 million heist; Harold and Kumar roll up some Christmas cheer. It's all at the movies. by Garrett Horstmeyer 11/04/2011
Portland Mercury What's in a Name? Anonymous: In which the director of Independence Day and 2012 takes on Shakespeare. by Courtney Ferguson 10/27/2011
NUVO Ed reviews 'Anonymous' This film's plot - that Shakespeare's plays were not written by him - is confusing, lurid hooey, but you'll have fun trying to wade through it. by Ed Johnson-Ott 10/26/2011

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