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Anastasia (1997)



Critic Consensus: Beautiful animation, an affable take on Russian history, and strong voice performances make Anastasia a winning first film from Fox animation studios.

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The first feature from the 20th Century-Fox animation unit in Phoenix, Arizona, this is the ninth film produced and directed by the Don Bluth/Gary Goldman duo (An American Tail) and the first animated feature to be made in CinemaScope since Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959). This $50 million animated fantasy retells the story of Anastasia, daughter of Czar Nicholas, beginning with her childhood in 1916 Russia. After Rasputin's curse on the Romanovs, little Anastasia is separated from her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Maria. After growing up in an orphanage, Anastasia emerges as a young woman called Anya. With no clear memory of her youth, Anya encounters entrepreneurs who seek an Anastasia look-alike in hopes of collecting a reward in Paris from the aged Dowager Empress. Despite demonic interference from Rasputin, the three travel to Paris where another problem awaits: the Dowager Empress is now skeptical of the parade of impostors.

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Meg Ryan
as Anastasia
John Cusack
as Dimitri
Kirsten Dunst
as Young Anastasia
Angela Lansbury
as Dowager Empress Marie
Liz Callaway
as Singing Voice of Anastasia
Andrea Martin
as Phlegmenkoff/Old Woman
Debra Mooney
as Actress
Arthur Malet
as Travelling Man/Major Domo
Charity James
as Anastasia Imposter
Lacey Chabert
as Singing Voice of Young Anastasia
Jonathan Dokuchitz
as Singing Voice of Dimitri
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Critic Reviews for Anastasia

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (17)

The film's strength lies not just with its haunting melodies, pretty pictures and kid-friendly sidekicks, but in an emotionally gripping script.

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Anastasia is OK entertainment. But it never reaches a level of emotional magic.

January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Beautiful, not factual depiction of missing Russian duchess.

December 21, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An ambitious, serious but not particularly stimulating musical feature that unconvincingly attempts to graft warm and cuddly family-film motifs onto turbulent aspects of modern history and mythology.

September 1, 2008

Bluth has rediscovered the ingredients of quality mainstream animation...

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

A gorgeous piece of work.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anastasia


Though the pacing may be off at times--and some moments may feel like Disney-rip-offs--Anastasia is a very well-done animated film, and may arguably be the most stunning film of its genre to grace the silver screen. It also contains one of the most beautiful songs ever written for film: "Journey to the Past," and manages to brilliantly blur the line between animation and real-life. With mostly strong dialogue, thrilling sequences, and a powerful, moving story, Anastasia is a triumph.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Disney adapts yet another old story, this time from Russia. Like all of these movies, they're not entirely accurate, but still they're fun and well made. This is a good one too, I liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


I was embarrassed to admit that I found Dimitri hot (as a 20-year-old, mind you!), but then I realized that he was voiced by John Cusack. This somehow made it all okay.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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