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Anna Karenina

Directed by Joe Wright
United Kingdom, United States, 2012


Trapped in a loveless marriage, Anna looks for a better life, but finds only a more complicated one.

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Anna Karenina Directed by Joe Wright

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2013 | 3 nominations including: Best Achievement in Production Design

2013 | Winner: Best Achievement in Costume Design

I dislike the film, but it’s hard to begrudge those who like it (it got excellent reviews); it’s ambitious, original and tries for something imaginative. It’s also a mess, a half-baked farrago of bad ideas (and a couple of good ones). Chief among the bad ideas is the theatrical conceit of having the film unfold on a stage – though not consistently,
February 20, 2013
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Never shy about tossing off a purposeless tracking shot where no one asked for it, Wright conceives of this boundless space as a place where he can move his camera at will and constantly, but more often than not in this boring spectacular, it seems like he’s got the thing pointed in the wrong direction. He’s assembled a large cast of performers who try their best, but Wright’s conceit overwhelms all, thus rendering inert and lifeless two of the most powerful romances in literature.
January 04, 2013
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Wright, with flat and flavorless images of an utterly impersonal banality, takes Tolstoy’s plot and translates it into a cinematic language that’s the equivalent of, say, Danielle Steel, simultaneously simplistic and overdone.
November 16, 2012
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