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Based on 43 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 19 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Say this for Emmerich, he's not stuffy. And he lucks out big-time with his cast. show more

  • 50
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    So if you don't mind, I'll just go back to believing that someone named Shakespeare (whoever he was) wrote Shakespeare's works. And I'll just go back to regarding them with awe. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Ifans is convincingly world-weary as the earl who prefers writing sonnets to the pageantry of court life. Anonymous aims to be epic but is closer to stately soap opera. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    In a movie that rings false at every turn, Ms. Redgrave's Elizabeth is truly and infallibly regal. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    An airless, bilious, endless pageant of pseudohistory. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though the cast is energetic and the intrigues diverting, you'll have to distance yourself from reality to enjoy so much outlandish scheming. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The film grabs at historical facts, mangles them into a plot worthy of a John le Carré spy novel and takes the viewer on a breathtaking ride through ye olde London. show more

  • 50
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Bottom line: Grant the film's big moments a kind of loopy majesty, and note that they're better acted than they deserve to be, not just by Ifans, Redgrave and Spall, but by David Thewlis and Edward Hogg as the villainous father-son team of William and Robert Cecil. It's a classy cast. show more

  • 75
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Ifans takes dorky, grandiose dialogue and turns it into something almost - well, Shakespearean. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Because of the ingenious screenplay by John Orloff, precise direction by Roland Emmerich and the casting of memorable British actors, you can walk into the theater as a blank slate, follow and enjoy the story, and leave convinced - if of nothing else - that Shakespeare was a figure of compelling interest. show more

  • May 09, 2012 thejackcomeback
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    Fantastic movie. It\'s great to see an awesome movie, instead of the usual crap for the masses.

  • February 11, 2012 jackd1207
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    Interesting, convincing story and terrific acting. That said, it was very difficult to keep up with the timeline and character\'s names. I wasn\'t comfortable in the movie until about 3/4 of the way into it.

  • February 01, 2012 yq00000000111206
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    Well produced, great dialog

  • November 10, 2011 JMWOOD1A
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    Today I enjoyed the movie Anonymous, it is movie about William Shakespeare it not one on his plays but the politic intrigue in Elizabeth’s age court politics. How parties in the court try to play events to further their position. Movie explored the age old question what is stronger the sword or the word. Another thing that provoked my thinking was how media of the age is used to further ideas in Elizabeth’s time it was the stage in days it the internet the power of the mob. If you like intrigue and drama take look at Anony

  • November 10, 2011 lyntaylo
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    The most authentic representation of Elizabethan England to date - wonderful acting, astounding art direction and courageous project that flies in the face of all the Stratford stuffed shirts... I will see it again for the third time.

  • November 08, 2011 sj00000000104701
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    I loved this film. Roland Emmerich and Jon Orloff did a wonderful job bring 15th and 16th Century England to life. The costumes, the scenery, and the acting were top notch. The authorship question regarding \"Shakespeare\"\'s plays has been around for the last two hundred years, maybe more. This is the first film I can think of that brings the controversy to life.

  • November 07, 2011 JOE KUPER
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    Anonymous was a complete mumbo jumbo. Even Einstein could not figure out what was going on.

  • November 07, 2011 tomtomgpoetry
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    \"Anonymous\" blends a viable theory of the \"Shakespeare\" authorship with rock-solid casting, superb recreation of the Elizabethan theater world, and juicy erotic speculation about England\'s \"Virgin Queen,\" in a political thriller that far surpasses any of the bio-pics on Elizabeth or Shakespeare of the last four decades at least. Oxfordians, the adherents of the Shakespeare authorship theory conceived by a British schoolmaster in 1920, won\'t be unanimously pleased by this depiction of their candidate--as the Earl of Oxford, Rhys Ifans is a touch too uniformly grave and reserved--yet his melancholy turn embodies the man behind Hamlet, and the two Queen Elizabeths, Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, are magnificent: of all the recent Elizabeths, including Cate Blanchett, only Richardson seems completely like the living daughter, intelligent, sensuous, and almost feral in her rages, of Henry VIII. Sebastian Armesto is fine as Ben Jonson, and Rafe Spall ably inhabits the quick-witted, utterly pragmatic (if non-literary) stand-in from Stratford.

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  • November 07, 2011 xh00000000104848
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    I thought the movie splendid. The basic thesis that Oxford was the author is not obviated by the bastardy and incest that make a thrilling plot for the movie. It shows clearly the domination of the Cecils over Elizabeth, who owed her throne to them. And it portrayed a believable explanation for the use of Will of Stratford as a \"beard.\" Visually it was wonderful. Vanessa Redgrave was terrific.

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