'Anonymous' Critic Reviews

93%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   172 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    Scholarly debate about the Shakespeare Authorship Question has little to do with this tale told by an idio...syncratic moviemaker up to little more than mischief.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    A vulgar prank on the English literary tradition, a travesty of British history and a brutal insult to the human imagination. Apart from that, it's not bad.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It is entertainingly bizarre: like seeing a whole film asserting that Salieri must have written the music attributed to that moronic yobbo Mozart.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Damon Wise Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Roland Emmerich's meticulously crafted and often well-acted expose of the "real" William Shakespeare is shocking only in that it is rather good.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Dubious history aside, Anonymous is a well-acted yarn that also is a tribute to the unstoppable force of art -- even if it implies that only an aristocrat could create it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Don't let the frilly costumes, courtly language and historical pretense fool you: "Anonymous" is still a Roland Emmerich movie - a blessing when it comes to vigor and a curse when it comes to subtlety, proportion or sense.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Roland Emmerich destroys things for a living. Why not the reputation of a man who lacked the imagination to blow up the Sistine Chapel?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    This is high camp, nothing more.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Though the cast is energetic and the intrigues diverting, you'll have to distance yourself from reality to enjoy so much outlandish scheming.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    In a movie that rings false at every turn, Ms. Redgrave's Elizabeth is truly and infallibly regal.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    60
    The digitally wrought period settings are simply gorgeous.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    The very qualities that fuel the historical hokum of Anonymous -- over-the-top royal intrigue and incest, violent literary backstabbing, frothing conspiracy -- also happen to make for wild entertainment.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Audiences may chuckle. Stratfordians, prepare for conniptions.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    Even though Emmerich is working with ostensibly more refined material here, the ham-handed touch of the man who gave us The Day After Tomorrow... is felt quite heavily throughout.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    A well-polished cowpat that will confuse and bore those who know nothing about Shakespeare and incense those who know almost anything.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The more far-fetched the idea, it seems, the more strenuous the effort to pass it off as authentic.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    A splendid experience: the dialogue, the acting, the depiction of London, the lust, jealousy and intrigue.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    "Anonymous" is ridiculous, and like Oliver Stone's "JFK" it sells its political conspiracy theories by weight and by volume. But dull, it's not.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This is irresistible as self-knowing camp: the players ham it up in high fashion and the script crams at least one lurid revelation into every scene.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    Anonymous is no more or less far-fetched than Emmerich's prior efforts. But it is much, much more confusing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    So disappointingly dopey that it's unworthy of anyone's time.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    Anonymous may not convince anyone, but it certainly should entertain them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Historians will quibble with the timing and accuracy of a lot of the film, and you know what? Let them. The rest of us can enjoy the performances and the sumptuous look of the movie, which is a lot more satisfying, anyway.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    63
    Historians are already calling Anonymous preposterous humbug, but I found it a complex cornucopia of ideas and panache. You go away sated.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    A handsomely staged and decidedly straight-ahead costume drama under Roland Emmerich's nearly CGI-free direction.
    Full Review » 3 years ago