‘Anna Nicole’ Reviews: How Was Lifetime’s Anna Nicole Smith Movie?

Sun, June 30, 2013 9:20am EDT by 22 Comments
Anna Nicole Movie Reviews
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Lifetime was at it again on June 29, premiering their latest based-on-real-life movie with the tragic story of the troubled star, Anna Nicole Smith. The source material was high drama to begin with — so did the TV flick live up to the real story?

Say what you want about Lifetime, but they found their groove and they’re sticking to it. Anna Nicole, which premiered on June 29, is just the most recent installment of the camp-y, overly dramatic made-for-TV movies that Lifetime does so well. We at HollywoodLife.com called Lifetime’s story of Anna Nicole Smithcrazy, wild fun” and a “roller coaster ride of drugs, alcohol, and tragedy,” but did the rest of the critics like it as much as we did?

‘Anna Nicole’ Reviews

Variety

Anna Nicole isn’t really about anything in the conventional sense, but still manages to be as hard to turn away from and vaguely sleazy as its namesake, which should suit Lifetime’s purposes just fine. If nothing else, the movie appears destined to win some kind of award for most convincing prosthetic cleavage, allowing Agnes Bruckner to play the Playboy and Guess jeans model in her pre- and “build-on” breast stages, flanked by a perfectly cast Martin Landau and Adam Goldberg as the unlikely men in her life. As guilty pleasures go, this one certainly doesn’t lack for moments at which to hoot.

New York Post

On Saturday night, Lifetime blows out the doors with Anna Nicole, a true-life movie so good, so well-written and yet sleazy enough to satisfy even the cheesiest viewers among us.

The Hollywood Reporter

It was in 2007 that Anna Nicole Smith, aka Vickie Lynn Hogan, the small-town Texas girl who grew up to embody one of the most spectacularly unfortunate public meltdowns of modern Hollywood, died from a cocktail of prescription drugs at the age of 39. That rags-to-riches story is an old Hollywood fable continuously reflected in a constant rotation of bright young things. But Anna Nicole manages to breathe new life into the tale of yet another young woman with a misplaced Marilyn Monroe obsession that turns into a curse.

Boston Globe

The movie, which premieres on Saturday at 8, has nothing to offer. It’s storytelling at its most shallow and unsatisfying. Written by John Rice and Joe Batteer and directed by Mary Harron, Anna Nicole barely conveys the basic facts of Smith’s life, never mind any bigger ideas about her private terrors and our cultural demons. Bruckner is fine as Smith, and her prosthetic breastplate is quite impressive; but the script gives her nothing of substance or with resonance.

So besides one scathing review, everyone seems to be on board with us! We hope you set your DVRs to record Anna Nicole or that you can catch a rerun, because it’s definitely worth a viewing.

HollywoodLifers, did you see Anna Nicole? What did you think? Let us know!

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Toyah

Posted at 10:01 PM on March 31, 2014  

Iv been on so meny websites 2try and find out if the Anna nicole smith 2013 movie bout her life has soundtrack if not the names and artists who sang every song thats in the movie pls help someone

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donald

Posted at 8:10 PM on August 9, 2013  

I love this movie! It was well written and awesome

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elizabeth myers

Posted at 10:29 PM on July 20, 2013  

Agnes Bruckner did a great job as ANS. I don’t recall ANS being quite the dodo she’s portrayed in this film. The real evil soul in this sad tale is the real life Howard K. Stern who personified why attorneys are so well thought of (sarcasm intended). So glad to hear that Danilynn is doing so well with her father Larry Birkhead and he appears to do his best to commemorate to his daughter the best of ANS’ qualities. (Hope Danilynn doesn’t see this film!)

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Ann Clinton

Posted at 3:09 AM on July 17, 2013  

My cable started going out before the movie was finished. I’ve been trying to find the second half on the Lifetime Channel but it is not there! Errrrr.

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Michelle Tripp

Posted at 6:13 PM on July 16, 2013  

I thought the movie was very good, very sad I thought the actress did a great job, I can’t imagine trying to fill those shoes , I have watched it three times and I just find it such a sad story and I would have liked to see a little more of her daughter before it ended for she is so beautiful now!

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benicia pulido

Posted at 8:25 PM on July 14, 2013  

when will come on again im dying to see it

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shlee dietz

Posted at 2:13 AM on July 11, 2013  

this movie was awesome!!! all of you people that say you laughed during it must have no heart. i was crying at the end of this movie. And when it comes to the actress that played her well she was sexy and i thought she did an amazing job. i have seen this actress in another lifetime movie and her character was the complete opposite then the character she had to portray in this this movie and i thought she did an amazing job becoming Anna Nicole. i have already watched this movie three times and i have cried each time

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Sandylynn

Posted at 10:18 PM on July 10, 2013  

I would of liked to see her during her reality show and how it got cancelled. Other than that I wish they would of at least tried to show some good qualities about Ana. They made her out to be a stupid, drug addict before and during her pregnancy. I mean was the women just a plastic body with no brain or feelings?

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maryteresa

Posted at 10:53 AM on July 2, 2013  

We waited too long for this movie, to only get THIS. I expected much more reality anb details. All this movie did was show the world that Anna was a drug addict…. we already knew that.. make a movie out of the book “Your Life Through My Eyes,” it a great getto story about the lives of two Best Friends. The author (Mary Pourch), “Please write a part 2, i love your book , read it 10x already.”

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nanster23

Posted at 10:02 PM on July 1, 2013  

Watching it now. The actress that played Anna Nicole wasn’t the right person to cast in the role. She was very pretty, but she wasn’t able to capture Anna’s mannerisms, sexiness, craziness, or sparkle. Just okay for me.

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yvette

Posted at 9:32 PM on July 1, 2013  

Yes thought it was good. Actress looked just like her it was so sad
How her life crumbled so quickly. Sad.

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Marylou Fioriglio

Posted at 10:52 PM on June 30, 2013  

I cried, over and over again. First off, Dannilyn, was named Hope! She was not Dannilyn until Daniel died. My heart is broken all over again for this tragic life of Anna Nicole and Daniel. I thank the Gods for Larry. My heart is broken all over again! Live on Dannilyn and Larry!

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Traw

Posted at 3:41 PM on June 30, 2013  

I looooveeddd it!!!!!

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Alex Potter

Posted at 3:24 PM on June 30, 2013  

The movie was awful. And I’m pretty sure I wasn’t supposed to laugh at loud. Which is what I did. (I doubt anna Nicole smith drugged howard stern. smh) It felt more like a parody of Anna. And it got some major facts wrong- like the small fact that anna nicole smith meet howard k. stern two years After her husband died. (Did the writers of the movie really not know that??) And Dannielynn was named Dannielynn AFTER Daniel died. And it kept on calling Anna’s son Danny. His name was DANIEL
If the movie wasn’t so preoccupied and wasted so much time making Anna look like she was a drunken idiot wh*re it could have gotten into a lot more detail of Anna’s life and Daniel’s death.
Howard K. Stern has told the story of Daniel’s death and its much more heart breaking then what we see in the movie. At some point in the middle of the night Daniel slipped in to Anna’s bed next to her. Howard was sleeping in the other bed and he woke up to Anna telling him that Daniel was not breathing. He ran out into the hall way to tell the doctors that something was wrong. After doing CPR on Daniel the doctors finally gave up and Anna freaked out even harder and Howard and Anna kept on doing CPR on him. She had to be seated to leave the hospital.

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Marylou Fioriglio

Posted at 10:54 PM on June 30, 2013  

Agreed. I’m in tears over this.

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Marylou Fioriglio

Posted at 10:56 PM on June 30, 2013  

Yes

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Elaine A

Posted at 10:31 PM on July 2, 2013  

I agree totally with what you say…this was a horrible movie…anyone who cared about Anna and followed her could see what a farce this movie is. The actress is not near as beautiful as Anna and certainly did not capture her. This movie does not deserve any awards!!! Compare it with the HBO Behind the Candlabra bio of Liberace which so well done Douglas/Damon both deserve awards as does the entire production…the writers actually researched their subject unlike this movie. I hate what they have done to her in this production she deserves so much better. The dream sequences were a technique to fill up time because they didnt know what they were doing. Please dont attemp to do an Elvis bio…leave that to people who know what they are doing.

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Robin C.

Posted at 8:47 AM on October 31, 2013  

The people who loved this movie really did not know much of anything about Anna Nicole’s life. This movie is a joke, plain and simple.

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Movie Reviewer

Posted at 2:24 PM on June 30, 2013  

I really liked it, but somehow I don’t think that the storyline about Daniel in th end was very factual. I find it hard to believe that no one at the time or the press knew anything about Daniel becoming addicted to her meds. Not buying it. Very sad and surprised they didn’t leave more time to focus more on the death of Daniel and the birth of Danni Lynn (sp?) I would have liked to hear more about both. So very sad though.

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ali castellanos

Posted at 2:14 PM on June 30, 2013  

I loved it… Great job life time

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Lulu

Posted at 11:18 AM on June 30, 2013  

I think it was well done. No depth. But then again Anna Nicole had none. A guilty pleasure. Hair and makeup was the real star!

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Rita Steele

Posted at 10:13 AM on June 30, 2013  

i liked the acting not the movie

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