Released: 07/09/2012 General releaseAfter collaborating on Atonement, director Joe Wright and Keira Knightley are reunited in this adaptation of Tolstoy's realist masterpiece. In the lavish settings of Imperial Russia, the heroine's affair with a cavalry officer brings shame upon her loveless marriage to a senior statesman (Jude Law), but it's the iconic railway scene that will really test this leading lady. For more information visit: http://www.annakareninamovie.co.uk/ Watch:
Evening Standard“It’s like one gigantic theatre workshop...” Making Anna Karenina with Knightley after their successful collaborations on Pride & Prejudice and then Atonement must have seemed such a sure thing to Joe Wright. But he doesn’t let the story breathe. This really is a failed experiment...
The Independent“It's a handsome thing...” t absorbs and bemuses the eye, and in the anatomy of an unforgivingly narrow society Wright has made some bold, imaginative choices. But as to why Anna Karenina ranks as a novel, perhaps the novel, of the ages, this film does not give a clue...
Guardian“Sacrifices poignancy for creative flair...” The Wright/Stoppard Anna Karenina is not a total success, but it's a bold and creative response to the novel...
The Telegraph“A swirling, swoony, achingly romantic tragedy...” Wright seems to have aimed for a visual equivalent to Anna’s helpless passion, one to overwhelm audiences with lustrous images and dizzying movement. He just about gets away with it...
Little White Lies“We need to believe - in the end, you don't...” Momentarily, Wright achieves a brilliant fusion of story and aesthetic. But for the most part, despite being dazzled by the opulence on screen, the rumble of boredom begins to swell...
Empire“It is filmmaking of the highest order...” Despite eye-popping period finery, longing looks a-plenty and Olympic standard fan waving, Anna Karenina militantly doesn’t want to be just another costume drama...
Total Film “A ponderously artificial, self-regarding work...” Pimped, primped and dressed to the nines, Joe Wright’s Tols-toy story looks the business. Like a disappointing Christmas present, though, the pleasure quickly evaporates once you remove the shiny paper...
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