The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Reviews

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
July 25, 2014
... has a slow and natural progression, as Anderson's oceanographer searches for the shark that killed his partner, getting sidetracked by every possible diversion along the way. The diversions are kind of where it's at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
J.C. Mašek III
PopMatters
June 27, 2014
While one may expect a little more consistency from a film with such acclaim, consistency is hardly the order of the day when one is making iconoclastic and unconventional movies like Anderson does.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 17, 2014
If you go with it, you'll love the film.
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
March 17, 2014
Much of what happens feels rough, as if Anderson never completed his shooting script... But individual moments... just might keep you entertained throughout the film's near-two-hour running time
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Smith
Radio Times
March 17, 2014
For some, Anderson's world is too hermetically sealed and downright strange to be affecting; for others, there's an irresistible charm to his eccentric characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
March 17, 2014
Little can convey the texture of the Texan writer/director's fourth feature, other than to say it is unmistakably Andersonian, as off-kilter and tricksy as The Royal Tenenbaums.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2014
Not entirely successful, but colourful, charming and packed to the gunwales with talent.
Mark Kermode
New Statesman
March 17, 2014
Torn between heartbreak and hilarity, I found myself squirming with conflicted delight, braying like a circus clown on the outside while merrily crying away on the inside.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 17, 2014
Noah Baumbach collaborated on the arch script, whose bittersweet weirdness leaves a residue even as the narrative disintegrates.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 17, 2014
Like the film's fake fish, The Life Aquatic is endlessly fascinating to watch but, if you look closer, there's not much there.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Anderson benefits tremendously from the always-engaging production design by Mark Friedberg, a delightful score by former Devo-ian Mark Mothersbaugh, and the always-engaging performances by top-notch actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Twisted yet exquisitely witty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
All you need to know is that the film is a rare original, something of lasting value that will keep you engrossed and entertained in a dry, downbeat tone that is focused and filmic and fantastic.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
Wes Anderson creates a highly stylized and peculiar world, which either works for you or it doesn't. It works for me beautifully...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
June 28, 2006
A film I'll be able to return in years hence and have lovely waves of happiness wash over me.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The director magically conjures emotional dividends in the film's invigorating last moments, which wordlessly celebrate an underrated and truly Andersonian virtue: solidarity.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Even when caught in a rut, Anderson's obsessive vision still yields many exhilarating surprises.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
August 31, 2005
magnificent display of talents not weaved into coherent story
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 14, 2005
Has a quiet comical edginess that reflects the poignancy of the situation and the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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