Parents' Guide to

Inventing Anna

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intriguing, imperfect story circles around true-life crime.

TV Netflix Drama 2022
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Wow 👏 amazing one. This one is must see

age 10+

Good for children to learn what they should not be like. Loved the show, was very entertaining and awesome! Watched with my kids and had a nice conversation. My oldest was in love.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

The true story it's based on is fascinatingly bizarre, and so is this series stocked with sublime actors -- but using the journalist who broke Sorokin's tale as an entry point was a tactical error. It's true that the 2018 New York Magazine article "Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It" was the story that made the faux heiress instantly notorious, and it's not a terrible framing device. Start with a mystery and then slowly unspool it: That's classic TV storytelling. The problem is that there's so much of the journalist's story, and that her arc is so much less compelling than that of a fake socialite who managed to worm her way into some very high circles. That, and Anna Chlumsky bites off her role with entirely too much teeth, grimacing distractedly in scenes that call for something, well, less.

The story starts to pick up steam once we meet Neff, the concierge at the tony NYC hotel where Sorokin lived for months. As Sorokin's only actual friend, she has insight into both what Anna did and why she did it, and as we begin to chart her misadventures through flashbacks, the less interesting journalist story fades into the background more pleasantly. Self-assured and quick, Alexis Floyd gives a smart, arresting performance as Neff, just one in a show simply filled with fine turns, from Julia Garner's pitch-perfect take on Sorokin's unusual accent and sly way of speaking, to Laverne Cox's vibrant depiction of Sorokin's personal trainer. It's enough to carry you through the scenes that are on the tedious side, knowing you'll get to see Garner or Floyd momentarily in this imperfect but undeniably juicy true tale.

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