Preparing to write my review of “Anna Karenina,” I looked up a few other reviews. These were the ledes, literally, of the first three I opened:
David Edelstein, New York: “Every unhappy movie is unhappy in its own way, and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina is as boldly original a miscalculation as any you’re likely to see.”
A.O. Scott, New York Times: “Bad literary adaptations are all alike, but every successful literary adaptation succeeds in its own way.”
Dave White, Movies.com: “All happy moviegoing experiences are like one another. All unhappy etcetera-blah-blah. You know.”
I was going to begin with a “War, What Is It Good For?” joke.