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Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds... who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Roland 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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Will Shakespeare, whose words shine on, bright and brave, Is turning o'er with laughter in his gra...
June 22, 2017
The digitally wrought period settings are simply gorgeous.
June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Uneven drama questions Shakespeare's identity.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that that this period drama set in Elizabethan England questions whether William Shakespeare was truly the author of the plays and poems attributed to his famous quill. The film focuses on several huge deceptions, so there's plenty of lying, manipulation, and scheming -- just about everyone is trying to obscure the truth. There are also some intense torture scenes and a few battles, as well as lots of innuendo and several scenes showing cleavage, glimpses of bare bottoms, and people in bed -- though there's no graphic nudity. Many of the movie's themes are rather adult, including the central literary hoax and the political implications of children born out of wedlock to royal parents.
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- Genre:Thriller, Drama
- Release Date:October 27, 2011
- Audio Format:5.1
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