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R| 2 hr. 9 min.

Plot Summary
Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley), the wife of a Russian imperial minister (Jude Law), creates a high-society scandal by an affair with Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a dashing cavalry officer in 19th-century St. Petersburg. Anna's husband, Alexei, offers her a difficult choice: Go into exile with Vronsky but never see her young son again, or remain with her family and abide by the rules of discretion. Meanwhile, a farmer named Levin pines for Princess Kitty, who only has eyes for Vronsky.

Cast: Keira Knightley , Aaron Taylor-Johnson , Jude Law , Domhnall Gleeson , Alicia Vikander , Matthew Macfadyen , Kelly Macdonald , Oskar McNamara

Director: Joe Wright

Genres: Romance, Historical drama

Distributor: Focus Features

Anna Karenina (2012)

Release Date: November 16th, 2012|2 hr. 9 min.

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fan reviews ( 36 )
  • The story has been filmed many times, but never with this kind of erotic charge. Knightley is glorious, her eyes blazing with a carnal yearning that can turn vindictive at any perceived slight. show more

  • You know there is something seriously wrong with Anna Karenina when you start rooting for the train. show more

  • Though energetic, daring and gorgeous to behold, this re-imagining of Tolstoy's classic tale lacks a viable sense of passion, holding the characters at arm's length and glossing over social issues. show more

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  • January 23, 2014 okielas
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    Anyone who likes artsy movies should love this one. I was at first confused by the format, then mezmorized by it. I loved the expanding stage. The acting in it was wonderful by all.

  • August 19, 2013 favantjaq
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    Although I love the actors, the music and the costumes everything else was in shambles. The idea of presenting the story as a sort of \"Stage Play\" was very bizarre although the producers and directors probably considered it creative. They failed and the movie was slow moving and boring.

  • May 29, 2013 ljon777
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    Awful. Tolstoy would be horrified. Superficial, and in some ways unsuccessful even there. I could not connect with any of the characters. The only two redeeming features were the music and Jude Law, who someone came out of it heroic, when in the book he was odious.

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Anna Karenina And Other Old-Timey Love Affairs

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on Nov 29th, 2012 2:37PM

Don't you just love movies about steamy love affairs? Period pieces that chronicle sexy liaisons are the best, with all of those amazingly elaborate costumes in the mix. So many layers of fancy gowns,...

Jude Law On 'Anna Karenina' And The True Nature Of Love

Posted by
Chris Jancelewicz on Nov 14th, 2012 3:57PM

Adapting novels (especially epic ones) to screen is often an arduous task -- the director must ensure that he/she stays true to the original material, while giving it a stamp of his/her own particular...

Keira Knightley, 'Anna Karenina' Star, On Period Pieces, Dancing And Corsets

Posted by
Kase Wickman on Nov 13th, 2012 8:34AM

What's more than a thousand pages long, nearly 150 years old and will likely be nominated for a slew of Oscars this January?"Anna Karenina," of course. The latest film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's...

'Anna Karenina' Interactive Trailer: Pop-Up Video Meets Leo Tolstoy (VIDEO)

Posted by
Jessie Heyman on Nov 9th, 2012 12:39PM

Love Leo Tolstoy and VH1's Pop Up Video? Well, it's your lucky day! Focus has released an interactive trailer of the big screen adaptation, "Anna Karenina," which allows you to get into the nitty...

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