21 March 2013 12:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Tackling a seminal work of fiction always presents a filmmaker with a unique set of challenges, even more so than book adaptations in general.  For director Joe Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard on Anna Karenina, those included not only condensing a mammoth book into a slightly over two-hour movie but doing so in a manner that stood out from the numerous previous adaptations.  The result is a mixed bag with many parts to love individually but a whole that simply falls short.  Anna Karenina stars Keira Knightley in the titular role.  On a trip to Moscow to help her brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) save his marriage--failing from his own marital indiscretions--Anna attracts the attentions of Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).  Fearful of her own attraction to him, Anna returns home to her husband (Jude Law) in St. Petersburg only to have Vronsky follow her.  It is only a matter of time before »

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