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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 188
Fresh: 128
Rotten: 60

Critics Consensus: With the requisite combination of humor, sorrow and outstanding visuals, The Darjeeling Limited will satisfy Wes Anderson fans.

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 26
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: With the requisite combination of humor, sorrow and outstanding visuals, The Darjeeling Limited will satisfy Wes Anderson fans.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 134,339

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Movie Info

"The Darjeeling Limited" is an emotional comedy about three brothers re-forging family bonds.The eldest, hopes to reconnect with his two younger siblings by taking them on a train trip across the vibrant and sensual landscape of India.

Rating:
R (for language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Wes Anderson , Roman Coppola , Jason Schwartzman
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 26, 2008
Box Office:
$11.7M
Runtime:
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Darjeeling Limited

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (128) | Rotten (60) | DVD (27)

Wes Anderson transports his arch, pristine, melancholic sensibility to India, where three estranged brothers meet after their father's death and hop a train in a quixotic attempt to heal their spiritual wounds.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Newsweek
Top Critic

The film as a whole operates in Mr. Anderson's patented, semi-precious zone of antic and droll. It's not as if the filmmaker has gone off the rails. He's just not solidly on them.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Apart from having thus created the first road-picture homework assignment, Anderson isn't breaking new ground here. But he and his actors appear to be having a larkish good time.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
Top Critic

For all Anderson's pleasing, refreshing auteur tendencies, the overwhelming feeling delivered by 'The Darjeeling Limited' is of frustration, déjŕ vu and little progression.

Full Review… | November 21, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

There's never a moment when you're not conscious of the movie's artifice -- its set design is part of its entertainment -- but the experience isn't exactly off-putting, either.

October 19, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It's an affected film about disaffected people, and no cast in the world could save it.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Wilson shines as the oldest brother of three in perhaps his best performance to date.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Film School Rejects

It's very much what I think Anderson intended - a light travelogue of small consequence, with a slight, though sincere and concerned effort to bring a heart back into his films.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Toledo Blade

The screenplay does have ambitions to say something about brotherhood and spirituality, but Anderson's sense of style is so strong that sincerity and emotion struggle to be heard.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Uncut Magazine [UK]

What of the characters? Well, there aren't any, really.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Daily Telegraph

Anderson's gentle parody of westerners who lob into an ancient culture expecting to pick up enlightenment and peace as easily as a shoe shine or over-the-counter painkillers is very funny.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
sbs.com.au

By now, you know exactly what to expect, which is both good and bad. To my mind, Anderson reached the acme of this formula in the first go, in Tenenbaums, and has now replicated it twice, evoking smaller pleasures each time.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Oregonian

This is a handsome, intriguing and subtly funny character study that almost leads to enlightenment.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Radio Times

Here Anderson, like his heroes, learns the real adventure is in getting deliriously lost.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Wilson, Brody and Schwartzman are each fine, but if you found yourself stuck in a train compartment with their characters, you'd vamoose.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
People Magazine

Though it never arrives at the desired destination, The Darjeeling Limited offers a rewarding journey -- but one that's hard to recommend without a few disclaimers.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Canada.com

While many people make films like Anderson, Anderson makes films like no one else.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
National Post

Falling back on such clichés, the emotional catharsis of the Whitman brothers nevertheless remains hard-fought.

Full Review… | March 12, 2014
Paste Magazine

Being faintly disappointed by a new Wes Anderson film -- films whose primary form of emotional address, after all, is faint disappointment -- remains one of the few consistent pleasures of American moviegoing.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
Stop Smiling

As ambiguous and frustrating as it can often be, The Darjeeling Limited is a film of great art and passion; vibrant, charming and poignant, it's a ride you won't want to get off, no matter where it takes you.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

Anderson is evidently encumbered by his own cargo. Louis Vuitton it may be, but the overriding sensation here suggests the endless revolutions of a baggage carousel.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
Sight and Sound

Wes Anderson manages to make the exotic Indian countryside seem like a suburb of Houston.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

Arguably Wes Anderson's most compassionate, mature film, "Darjeeling" dances around disconcerting what-ifs: If they weren't your brothers and sisters, would you voluntarily befriend them, or do you tolerate quirks and annoyances because blood links you?

Full Review… | September 25, 2010
Suite101.com

Like Anderson's other work, this is light comedy (albeit comedy that flirts with an appealing ridiculousness) that carries with it a satisfying intelligence.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
Times-Picayune

Audience Reviews for The Darjeeling Limited

½

I think this may be the most beautifully photographed of all of Anderson's classics. The backdrop of India is amazing and the score featuring the songs of The Kinks is brilliant.

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Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

½

Enjoyment is very "limited".

Full review at themoviefreakblog.com

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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

My favorite Wes Anderson film by virtue of the three brothers' love-hate, instinctive, irrational relationship.

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aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

an excellent film, with andersons normally eccentric characters but a warm family dynamic not found as much in royal tenenbaums. a wonderful script but for my only criticism of this film, which is that despite its short running time it seemed to be creating unnecessary space by the end. the three leads were great together.

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danny d

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The Darjeeling Limited Quotes


Mother:
What's on fire in that hideous little flower pot?
– Submitted by Cara H (8 months ago)
Francis Whitman:
Lets get a drink and have a cigarette.
– Submitted by Paul W (2 years ago)
Francis Whitman:
You don't love me!
Peter Whitman:
Yes, I do!
Jack Whitman:
I love you, too, but I'm going to mace you in the face!
– Submitted by Michelle R (2 years ago)
Brendan:
We haven't located us yet.
– Submitted by Diana L (2 years ago)
Francis Whitman:
I tried my hardest. I don't know what else to do.
– Submitted by Feli Y (3 years ago)
Peter Whitman:
I love the way this country smells. I'll never forget it. It's kind of spicy.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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