YMMV / Anna Karenina

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The 2012 film portrays Karenin (played by Jude Law) as a much more likeable character than in the other adaptations, while Anna and Count Vronsky are portrayed as selfish and self-centered characters (not that the film portrays them without sympathy).
  • Angst? What Angst?: Stepan Akedyevich, at the end. Two months after his sister has committed suicide, and he greets her lover, the man who arguably caused her suicide, with complete calm, like an old friend and a war hero, and a smile on his face.
  • Award Snub: Keira Knightley not being nominated for Best Actress for the 2012 film.
  • Awesome Music: The 2012 film has a very beautiful soundtrack, composed by Dario Marianelli.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There's a bit where a serious artist disapproves of Vronsky's dabbling in art while acting as though he is a serious and dedicated artist which Tolstoy compares to having a man hug and kiss a life-size wax doll as though it's a real person. A century or two later, the Realdoll was invented... (Warning, NSFW!)
  • Les Yay: It's stated pretty baldly that Kitty has a crush on Anna in the earlier part of the book.
  • Narm:
    • The love scene of the 2012 film is kinda over the top, but that's a perfectly valid trope. Then a few shots show they're still wearing their clothes. Yet writhing like eels. What.
    • Anna french kissing Vronsky in the 2012 film. She licks his lips... and then licks Aaron Taylor-Johnson's rather unimpressive mustache.
    • Tolstoy deliberately invokes this in the scene where Karenin finally snaps and admits his "thuffering". If not for that moment of Angrish, Anna might have felt remorse; as it is, she can barely keep from laughing, and loses what little respect she had for him.
  • Retroactive Recognition: For the 2012 Joe Wright movie, Domhnall Gleeson, Holliday Grainger, Cara Delevingne, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bill Skarsgård and Alicia Vikander. It is one of Vikander's first English-speaking roles.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: As Alexander Mitta had pointed out, back then a suicide by train was as exotic as today jumping into a space rocket's exhaust would be.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The death of Nikolai Levin. Tolstoy based it heavily off of a personal experience that deeply affected him, and it shows.
    • Then there's the little matter of the title character's fate...
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Several reviews for the 2012 film criticized Aaron Taylor-Johnson's portrayal of Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, noting that he seemed out of place in comparison to Keira Knightley and Jude Law.