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Anna Karenina

drama, romance


Keira Knightley and Jude Law dazzle in director Joe Wrights (Pride & Prejudice) visually enchanting new vision of Leo Tolstoys epic love story.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    63%
  • Audience Score
    50%

common sense

ON for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Stylized retelling of Tolstoy classic best for older teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Anna Karenina is a sensuous, visually sumptuous, beautifully stylized take on Tolstoy's classic novel about doomed love in late 1870s Russia. It's quite intense, focusing on how a woman (played by Keira Knightley) turns her back on her husband to be with her lover, putting her marriage, motherhood, and place in society in jeopardy and tearing her apart. There's little nudity beyond cleavage and men's bare chests, but some scenes definitely imply lovemaking, and there's moaning and passionate kissing. Also expect smoking and vodka drinking, as well as some tragic scenes and death.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Anna Karenina's message. What are audiences intended to take away? Are you meant to admire the characters?
  • Why is Anna shunned? Why isn't she able to divorce her husband? What does her situation say about the role of women at the time?
  • How is this period drama different from most period dramas? Is it a format that works?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    63%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Anna Karenina reviews
  • Audience

    50%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Wright's "Anna Karenina" sings, dances and finally soars, even as its legendary heroine plunges to her most self-destructive depths.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, November 16, 2012

Rotten: The metaphorical force of this conceit-insisting on the artifice of the social world that frowns on rapture-is not hard to grasp, but its frailty unsettles some of the actors.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, November 26, 2012

Fresh: Knightley and Law are what salvage Wright's interesting stab at something different, taking an interesting, if flawed, experiment and turning it into something better than it probably ought to be.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Boasting splendid production design, gorgeous set pieces, stunning cinematography and a wonderfully immersive score, Anna Karenina is mostly an art piece, with a love story at it's heart. The only thing about this love story is that it's too drawn out and slow moving as is the story, to really keep the audiences attention. There are some electric scenes that are stunning and elaborate technical showpieces, and there is some fantastic acting by Keira Knightley and Jude Law, but overall Joe Wright's Anna Karenina is somewhat of a bore, but made watchable by the performances, elaborate production design, music, costumes and cinematography. Expect lots of oscar nominations in the technical categories.

- fb701560354, Thursday, January 17, 2013

4 stars

A gigantic novel impressively adapted to a little over two hours of sumptuous experience. The production design is splendid, with the action brilliantly placed on a theater stage representing society - and the powerful story benefits from many amazing performances.

- blacksheepboy, Monday, January 14, 2013

3 stars

Boasting from strong performances, a powerful story of love, a score that will immerse you even in the slowest parts of the film, and set pieces that will actually place you into the 19th century, "Anna Karenina" is a well-made period piece, with nothing else special to bring to the table. I enjoy watching the actors do their thing on screen, and seeing as these actors have never worked together before, it felt very fresh. Still, the writing is not the greatest and the film drags on a bit too long for my liking, but it's very well directed and I admired that. "Anna Karenina" deserves props for the crew department and logistical, but really nothing else. You can kick back and enjoy a nice romantic 19th century tale without any faults.

- fb733768972, Saturday, January 12, 2013