full review in Greek
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A film I'll be able to return in years hence and have lovely waves of happiness wash over me.
| Original Score: 80/100
The director magically conjures emotional dividends in the film's invigorating last moments, which wordlessly celebrate an underrated and truly Andersonian virtue: solidarity.
The garish, exotic, retro styling is Anderson at his visual best. In terms of character and sensibility, though, this is sadly Anderson at his worst.
| Original Score: 3/5
Even when caught in a rut, Anderson's obsessive vision still yields many exhilarating surprises.
magnificent display of talents not weaved into coherent story
| Original Score: 6/10
Has a quiet comical edginess that reflects the poignancy of the situation and the characters.
| Original Score: B
This take on undersea adventure movies, though studded with amusing bits, feels smug and self-satisfied, as if the quirkiness no longer is merely a by-product of the way Anderson views the world.
Expect the absurd, the bizarre, the sweet, and the occasionally surreal, and you'll probably have a darn good time with The Life Aquatic.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Successfully, the film employs a sense of discovery that is befitting; you're eager to see what Zissou sees beneath the ocean's surface. You just may not feel what he does.
There's nothing wrong with Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou that a digital insertion of Gene Hackman wouldn't solve.
There's precious little humanity on display and Steve Zissou is nowhere near as compelling a character as his similarly downbeat Bob Harris in Lost In Translation.
Suggests that Wes Anderson may have become too immersed in his own meticulous and idiosyncratic world to quite realize that he's left ours far behind.
Funny, gorgeous, and touching in spurts.
There is a distinct sense that Anderson is trying to re-invent himself with this film.
| Original Score: 72/100
Kudos for tone and flavor, but if you take the meat of something we aren't inclined to eat, all the best seasonings in the world won't save it.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
The film's storyline plays out as a comic riff on Moby-Dick, which is hilarious if you're on Anderson's wavelength but will probably bore to tears those who aren't.
| Original Score: A
Orson Welles said a film studio was the best train-set a boy could have, but The Life Aquatic is something else: Anderson uses the sound stages of Cinecittá like a kid playing with toy boats in the bath. He makes one hell of a splash.
Anderson's ability to deftly flip between whimsy and sentiment remains intact.
| Original Score: 93/100
Stylish, quirky, enjoyable comedy-drama, with a superb ensemble cast and a terrific soundtrack - this is a treat for fans of Anderson's work, although the uninitiated may be less impressed.
| Original Score: 4/5