Anna Karenina (1935) - Rotten Tomatoes

Anna Karenina (1935)




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Movie Info

In this filmization of Leo Tolstoy's novel, Greta Garbo plays the sheltered wife of Czarist official Rathbone. Intending to dissuade Rathbone's brother from a life of debauchery, Garbo is sidetracked by her own fascination with a dashing military officer. However, this indiscreet liaison ruins Garbo's position in 19th-century Russian society.

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Greta Garbo
as Anna Karenina
Fredric March
as Count Vronsky
May Robson
as Countess Vronsky
Ella Ethridge
as Anna's Maid
Mary Forbes
as Princess Sorokino
Ethel Griffies
as Mme. Karatasoff
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Critic Reviews for Anna Karenina

All Critics (14)

With such a brief running time, it's difficult to create a convincing union - both during the moments of bliss and quarreling, which are equally rushed.

July 24, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Fine, fine, and super-fine, if the least bit archaic.

May 4, 2020 | Full Review…

If you still doubt either Hollywood's ability to deal with a masterpiece or Greta Garbo's greatness as an artist, this is the picture to see.

October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

There seems more of anguish and more of sombre depth in this version than there was in the old silent film (with Garbo and John Gilbert). Garbo acts with a dignity and a bitter passion.

June 12, 2019 | Full Review…

It is Greta Garbo's personality which "makes" this film, which fills the mould of the neat respectful adaptation with some sense of the greatness in the novel.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

On the whole, Anna Karenina is a picture of merit. It is decorative, well-meaning, and full of neat encounters, and it certainly presents a Garbo in the high summer of her maturity, richer and more mellow than she has ever been before.

October 30, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anna Karenina

Good in a golden age of Hollywood kind of way.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Has the customary MGM sheen and Garbo is good as always but still heavy going.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Is it possible for a film to be well-made, but is as boring as humanly possible? I really don't think Anna Karenina was meant to be translated onto the silver screen. Halfway into it I was already bored to tears and I wished she would just freaking kill herself already.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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