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As Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) carries on an affair with the affluent Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) she begins to question her happiness, witnesses change come to her family, friends, and community. The story unfolds in its original late 19th century tsarist Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 177
- Fresh: 111
- Rotten: 66
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
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.
Fresh: It's a half-success -- a baldly conceptual response to the Leo Tolstoy novel, with a heavy theatrical framework placed around the narrative of girl meets boy, followed by girl meets train.
Fresh: It's hard not to admire Wright's bold approach to Anna Karenina's story of longing and jealousy and societal condemnation.
Fresh: Thank goodness for Domhnall Gleeson's gentle turn as Oblonsky's friend Levin. The ginger-haired landowner is the movie's warmest figure.
This was easily the worst movie I've seen from 2012. The play in a movie in a play was very confusing to follow and there was no chemistry in between any of the characters. This is so disappointing because I was really excited for this movie! Definitely two hours of my life I wish I could get back.
I don't really understand why some movies on iTunes wouldn't provide us with the option to rent. Please, Give us the renting option.
Not the Russian spirit of the novel
A pleasure for the eye and for the ear. The director moved the novel onto a stage with elegance and symbolism.
Jude Law is excellent as Anna's husband. But Anna and Vronsky lack substance. Their passion is too superficial to match the intensity of the novel. We spent a good evening, but not a movie to remember.