MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 316 this week

Anonymous (I) (2011)

6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 31,527 users   Metascore: 50/100
Reviews: 129 user | 278 critic | 43 from Metacritic.com

The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 09 Sep 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 07 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 26 titles
created 07 Apr 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 12 Jul 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 04 Jan 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Anonymous" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Anonymous (2011)

Anonymous (2011) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Anonymous.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Near the end of the 20th century, WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) are retired. However, certain factions plan to use a science space station as a weapon against each other. The astronauts inside will decide the world's fate.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Richy Müller, Franz Buchrieser, Aviva Joel
Moon 44 (1990)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Year 2038: The mineral resources of the earth are drained, in space there are fights for the last deposits on other planets and satellites. This is the situation when one of the bigger ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Michael Paré, Lisa Eichhorn, Dean Devlin
Joey (1985)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

When Joey's dad dies Joey is starting to act strange. He's got psychic powers. He can talk to him on the phone! His red toy telephone! But what he doesn't know is that he is not talking to ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Joshua Morrell, Eva Kryll, Tammy Shields
Ghost Chase (1987)
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

In an old Hollywood mansion, the spirit of an old family retainer inhabits an old grandfather clock. When a movie company uses the mansion for a film, the spirit inhabits the body of an ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Jason Lively, Tim McDaniel, Jill Whitlow
10,000 BC (2008)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Camilla Belle, Steven Strait, Marco Khan
Dark Horse (TV Movie 2012)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

He thought his future was in an astrophysics lab. His true calling lies somewhere closer to the White House... See full synopsis »

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Max Thieriot, Gabriella Wilde, Linus Roache
Stonewall (2015)
Drama | History

A young man's political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Ron Perlman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King

An archaeologist and a group of marines discover a portal to another world.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Paolo De Vita ...
Francesco
Trystan Gravelle ...
...
Thomas Dekker
...
Thomas Nashe
Julian Bleach ...
Captain Richard Pole
Edit

Storyline

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Was Shakespeare a Fraud?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Release Date:

28 October 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Anónimo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,012,768 (USA) (28 October 2011)

Gross:

$4,463,292 (USA) (9 December 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When a reporter on National Public Radio pointed out to screenwriter John Orloff that this movie is full of historical inaccuracies (for instance, the playwright Christopher Marlowe, who appears as a character in this movie, actually was dead by the time these events supposedly "took place"), he responded that he wrote these inaccuracies into the screenplay deliberately as an homage to the way that Shakespeare himself took dramatic liberties in his history plays. See more »

Goofs

The music at Oxford's wedding in 1571 is Mozart's Requiem, composed in 1791. However, at the time of protestant Elizabeth I, music was not performed at weddings at all. Furthermore, Mozart's requiem is reserved for solemn occasions such as funerals and would never be played at a wedding, protestant or otherwise. Regardless of these facts, it is simply part of the movie's soundtrack, and it is not implied that the musicians in the film are playing it. See more »

Quotes

Ben Jonson: You are the soul of the age... Undeniable perfection that plagued my soul.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Apart from the production companies, the only opening credit is the movie's title, displayed on the marquee of the prologue's theater. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: 11-11-11 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Night Of the Long Knives
Written by Byrd and Hirschfelder
Performed by David Hirschfelder
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Wow! You've got to see this. Whether true or not, it's a fascinating film.
19 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone in our theater was so mesmerized by this many-layered plot that no one even got up to go the bathroom. My head was spinning a bit, trying to keep up with who was related to whom, but I loved every minute of it.

And I know the cast is highly pedigreed because I recognized some of the actors in the plays from a live performance of Shakespeare the Old Globe Theater troupe gave at UCLA a few years ago while the Old Globe was being renovated. Annette Bening was in the audience that night, so it was a pretty cool evening all around.

After the movie I was at a restaurant next to the theater and I heard a woman say, "I just saw that Shakespeare movie and I'm in a daze."

Go see it and you will be, too. I think I need to see it a few more times to pick up all the fascinating details.


61 of 86 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Orson Welles was not a doubter roark-12
Music, the end track playing at the close of credits ManBehindDScene
Discuss Anonymous (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?