• 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

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
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
David Ansen
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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
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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As with Anderson's Rushmore, there's a certain annoying preciousness to this film -- it's not so consistently wise or amusing as he thinks it is -- but it has its moments.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 14, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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As richly conceived as the novel it pretends to be...

Full Review Source: Variety

July 22, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Whatever my qualms, it's still one of the funniest comedies around.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 27, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A comedy of unrequited love, melancholy and disappointment. One to savour.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
David Edelstein
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Apart from Hackman, the actors look more trapped by Anderson's rigid framing, color scheme, and enforced deadpan.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 22, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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Anderson is something of a prodigy himself, and he's riddled with talent, but he hasn't figured out how to be askew and heartfelt at the same time.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

January 22, 2002
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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For this fable of family dysfunction, [Anderson] has added some genuine feelings, a melancholy core that resonates beneath the oddball humor.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

January 5, 2002
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Despite the stylization of this movie and the exaggerated behavior of its characters, The Royal Tenenbaums has a lot to say about family, as well as about early promise and how to live with not living up to it.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

January 4, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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The kind of movie that seems likely to inspire argument as to which is the choicest bit.

January 4, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Even at its most painfully precious, The Royal Tenenbaums is never less than entertaining and involving.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press

January 4, 2002
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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A terrific, unforgettable film that's just the right mix of humor and poignancy, never sentimental or predictable, always funny but never obviously so.

December 28, 2001
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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[Anderson] makes us laugh, he makes us think, and he does it in a distinctive screwball style.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

December 28, 2001
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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The Royal Tenenbaums are one of the sweetest, most enjoyable dysfunctional families to be featured in movies.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

December 28, 2001
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Sparkles with verbal wit and visual flair.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

December 27, 2001
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The picture's creative pulse ... is clearly, brightly, powerfully that of Anderson.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

December 22, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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This is a review telling you to see The Royal Tenenbaums because director Wes Anderson's films are always good. But the recommendation comes carefully measured.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 21, 2001
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Chock-full of quotable lines and silly surprises.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2001
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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An eloquent, eccentric and surprisingly touching tribute to the comic dignity of failure.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

December 21, 2001
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A rich mixture of sadness, comfort and joy.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

December 21, 2001
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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If I smiled at all during this colossal misfire, it was at Hackman, who knows how to do cheerfully thoughtless better than anyone around. The rest of the cast looks lost and miserable.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

December 21, 2001
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A film like no other, an epic, depressive comedy, with lots of ironic laughs and a humane and rather sad feeling at its core.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2001
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Wonderfully free-wheeling and delightfully mad, yet brought off with a fluid confidence that somehow makes the disjointed parts magically cohere.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's proof that Anderson and his writing partner, the actor Owen Wilson, have a gift of cockeyed genius.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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Mostly you sit around waiting for it to be funnier, or at least funny more often.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2001
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Cheerfully quirky -- and I mean that in a good way.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

December 20, 2001
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 20, 2001
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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In honing their unique comic sensibility, Anderson and Wilson have delivered the year's best American comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 20, 2001
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Anderson is not lacking in cleverness and ingenuity as a filmmaker, but it takes something more to produce a dramatically and emotionally satisfying movie.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 19, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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That it works is due to director Wes Anderson, who has made something eccentric and hilarious that can suddenly -- or maybe not for hours or even days later -- choke you up with emotion.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

December 18, 2001
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The film grows on you, but more substance and less calculated quirks would have been a royal treat.

Full Review Source: USA Today

December 14, 2001
Stephanie Zacharek
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Rushmore director Wes Anderson is more interested in his own precocity than he is in his characters.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 14, 2001
Gene Seymour
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Juicy to look at, the movie sustains its enchantments, even when it gets a little too smug for its own good.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 14, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The Royal Tenenbaums is such a hermetic film that the Coen brothers' work seems practically Capra-esque by comparison.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

December 13, 2001
Paul Tatara
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Inappropriate directness informs every second of The Royal Tenenbaums, and it just about wrecks the movie.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

December 13, 2001
James Berardinelli
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Rarely (if ever) side-splittingly funny, but there are so many clever moments that nasty chuckles and devilish smiles come at frequent intervals.

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

December 12, 2001
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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May not be the movie of the year, but it is a seasonal gift to us all.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 11, 2001
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[A] wonderful cast.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 10, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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At once endearing and unbearably show-offy, it seems to be the product of a sensibility formed by age-inappropriate reading: a childhood spent sneaking into the grown-up fiction section of the library.

Full Review Source: New York Times

October 22, 2001
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The witty screenplay, and Anderson's even wittier direction, fuses brilliantly comic dialogue with visual gags.

October 9, 2001
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