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Brief Synopsis: "A political thriller advancing 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."

Overall Ranking: 2375 (Rank from 2011: # 117)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 37.5%
Half-Popped 62.5%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Rob from GuysFilmQuest80
Chris of This Is Madness75 - My ratings are on a five point scale, translated as such: 1 - Abysmal, 25 - Bad, 50 - Mediocre, 75 - Good, 100 - Great
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Adam Shaftoe70 - no
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David Baruffi61(full review)
Caz of Lets Go To The Movies61(full review)
Dan O'Neill50 - Anonymous has its fair share of flaws, but also has some great qualities with some great performances, an interesting story that benefits from some smart theories, and has Roland Emmerich on top of his game doing something else other than just blowing up the world, one blockbuster at a time.
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CinemaVisitor Erik50
Gorgon Reviews43(full review)

People Involved

  • Jamie Campbell Bower (Young Oxford)
  • Rhys Ifans (Edward de Vere)
  • David Thewlis (William Cecil)
  • Joely Richardson (Princess Elizabeth Tudor)
  • Vanessa Redgrave (Queen Elizabeth I)
  • Sebastian Armesto (Ben Jonson)
  • Rafe Spall (William Shakespeare)
  • Edward Hogg (Robert Cecil)
  • Xavier Samuel (Earl of Southampton)
  • Sam Reid (Earl of Essex)
  • Jamie Campbell Bower (Young Earl of Oxford)
  • Paolo De Vita (Francesco)
  • Trystan Gravelle (Christopher Marlowe)
  • Robert Emms (Thomas Dekker)
  • Tony Way (Thomas Nashe)
  • Julian Bleach (Captain Richard Pole)
  • Derek Jacobi (Prologue)
  • Roland Emmerich (Director)