Anonymous

Was Shakespeare a Fraud?


Anonymous
Action director Emmerlich tries to make a crossover arthouse-cineplex drama, looking at the question of who exactly wrote the plays ascribed to Shakespeare. Since Will himself appears to have been an uneducated lower class nobody, scholars have scoured the royalty of the time looking for someone who may have been the real author. There are several candidates, and this film examines one of them, aiming to convince audiences of the truth of the theory.

131 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Sex, Violence).
Drama, On the art circuit

Showtimes

What would a real writer say?
What would a real writer say?

Credits

Cast
Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, David Thewlis, Edward Hogg, Xavier Samuel, Sam Reid
Director
Roland Emmerich
ScreenplayJohn Orloff
MusicHarald Kloser, Thomas Wanker
CinematographyAnna Foerster
EditingPeter R. Adam
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SA distributorSter-Kinekor
Made in2011
Produced byColumbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Centropolis Entertainment, Studio Babelsberg, Anonymous Pictures

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageMild
NudityNone
SexBrief, implied, mild, infrequent
ViolenceInfrequent, mild
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseAlcohol (mild)
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
3
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconIs Bard much ado about nothing?
10
Die Burger
Mariana Malan
15
Cape Times
Kirk Honeycutt quote iconFirst rate, whether true, or not
15
Box Office
Amy Nicholson
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconYou perhaps know little enough about Shakespeare and next to nothing about the other candidates. That's no reason to avoid this marvelous historical film, which I believe to be profoundly mistaken.
18
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconAnonymous is a problematic movie to market and sell. The material will play better to those with a love of Shakespeare and an understanding of his era, but the film has been designed with a general audience in mind. As a result, this becomes an art house production playing in multiplexes, which is not ideal for finding the right viewership - at least until it reaches home video.
15
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers
10
Metacritic.com
42 critics
10
Rottentomatoes critics
133 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconRoland Emmerich delivers his trademark visual and emotional bombast, but the more Anonymous stops and tries to convince the audience of its half-baked theory, the less convincing it becomes.
9
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
11

What the People say

Internet
924 Netizens quote iconHysteria His Story or To Thine Own Self Be False
13

Average .. 63%

13

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