• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Wes Anderson
    In Theaters:
    Jan 4, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 9, 2002
  • Buena Vista Distribution Compa

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The Royal Tenenbaums Reviews

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Jonathan Romney
Sight and Sound

With Anderson's images, seductive as they are, we can ultimately only guess -- what Margot's plays are about, or who Etheline's suitors are... And that makes Anderson's film an exhilarating experience, a real jungle gym for the imagination.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

March 4, 2014
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Each character, as ever, is tucked into a shell of his or her obsessions, and yet the filming itself -- the grace of Anderson's draftsmanship, as it were -- binds the figures together into a team.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 4, 2014
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Anderson, who collaborated on the script (as in his previous films) with his college buddy Owen Wilson, gives everyone some of the best dialogue heard in a recent movie.

Full Review Source: New York Post

March 4, 2014
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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Wes Anderson is an authentic original -- an eccentric and heretical talent.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 4, 2014
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun

Anderson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Wilson, maintains a straight, deadpan tone throughout the film.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Anderson's cinematic style gets more adventurous from one movie to the next.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2014
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

An appealingly quirky comedy about an unhappy clan of eccentric geniuses.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

March 4, 2014

Total Film

A first-rate ensemble cast is complemented by a terrific script, subtle direction and brilliant use of music in this witty, inventive comedy.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2014
David Germain
Associated Press
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While the situations sometimes feel forced, Anderson has mounted an elegant production, beautifully filmed and accentuated by pleasant narration from Alec Baldwin and classy storybook transitions.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 4, 2014
Andrew Collins
Radio Times

Immaculately written and brilliantly performed (with Hackman, especially, on magnificent form), this extraordinary fable restores one's faith in American cinema.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

March 4, 2014
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Tenenbaums doesn't quite jell, but it's a beautiful near miss.

Full Review Source: Newsweek | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2014
James Keith La Croix
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The Royal Tenenbaums is Anderson's crowning achievement.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 5/5

March 4, 2014
Nathan Rabin
AV Club

If [Anderson] and Wilson love their actors, characters, and ideas too much to reign themselves in, they at least overreach in the service of one of the year's warmest, funniest films.

Full Review Source: AV Club

March 4, 2014
Philip French
Observer [UK]

What the film really seems to be is an invitation to thoughtlessness, a cultivation of the irrationally wilful.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 4, 2014
David Stratton
sbs.com.au

The very precise look of the film, the clever design and camerawork, which create a slightly off-kilter world for the characters to inhabit, is beautifully done.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2014
Glen Oliver
IGN Movies

The Royal Tenenbaums tries to be many things, but isn't any one thing forcefully enough to carry much weight or significance.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies

March 4, 2014
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The near-fantastic, offbeat, play-room sensibility of Anderson's work is much of his appeal. Here, the cozy-roominess slots in well with the various cornered resentments, stacked secrets and crammed cubbyholes of bad memories.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

December 27, 2013
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com

Despite an incredible cast, a darker tone, and every great attribute Anderson is known for, "The Royal Tenenbaums" is an exceptional drama but its comedy just doesn't compare to the likes of "Rushmore" or even "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 7/10

August 14, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Its laughs are like stealth bombers, sneaking up on us to the extent that we suddenly find ourselves chortling even as we're wrapped up in the movie's unexpected air of melancholia.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

June 25, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Quirky extended-family story with dry adult humor.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 29, 2010
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