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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

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

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

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 18

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

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Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited stars Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Adrien Brody as three brothers who, at the insistence of the oldest, take a train ride through India together in order to strengthen their bond. Even though the vacation goes wrong in ways they do not anticipate, the strangeness of their setting and some revealing honesty produces some surprising changes between them all. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Feb 26, 2008

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All Critics (188) | Top Critics (43) | 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.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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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.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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For all Anderson's pleasing, refreshing auteur tendencies, the overwhelming feeling delivered by 'The Darjeeling Limited' is of frustration, déjà vu and little progression.

November 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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
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It's an affected film about disaffected people, and no cast in the world could save it.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Wilson shines as the oldest brother of three in perhaps his best performance to date.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
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.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

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

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
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.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

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

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
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.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

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

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

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

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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.

March 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Stop Smiling
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.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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.

June 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

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

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
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?

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
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.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Audience Reviews for The Darjeeling Limited

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.
February 18, 2014
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Enjoyment is very "limited".

Full review at themoviefreakblog.com
June 22, 2013
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

My favorite Wes Anderson film by virtue of the three brothers' love-hate, instinctive, irrational relationship.
July 6, 2012
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

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.
June 17, 2012
sanjurosamurai
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    1. Mother: What's on fire in that hideous little flower pot?
    – Submitted by Cara H (2 months ago)
    1. Francis Whitman: Lets get a drink and have a cigarette.
    – Submitted by Paul W (20 months ago)
    1. Francis Whitman: You don't love me!
    2. Peter Whitman: Yes, I do!
    3. Jack Whitman: I love you, too, but I'm going to mace you in the face!
    – Submitted by Michelle R (2 years ago)
    1. Brendan: We haven't located us yet.
    – Submitted by Diana L (2 years ago)
    1. Francis Whitman: I tried my hardest. I don't know what else to do.
    – Submitted by Feli Y (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Whitman: I love the way this country smells. I'll never forget it. It's kind of spicy.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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