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.
As richly conceived as the novel it pretends to be...
Whatever my qualms, it's still one of the funniest comedies around.
A comedy of unrequited love, melancholy and disappointment. One to savour.
Apart from Hackman, the actors look more trapped by Anderson's rigid framing, color scheme, and enforced deadpan.
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.
The movie is deeper than it appears to be.
The kind of movie that seems likely to inspire argument as to which is the choicest bit.
Even at its most painfully precious, The Royal Tenenbaums is never less than entertaining and involving.
All in all, this singular film is best described as an elegant freak show.
A terrific, unforgettable film that's just the right mix of humor and poignancy, never sentimental or predictable, always funny but never obviously so.
[Anderson] makes us laugh, he makes us think, and he does it in a distinctive screwball style.
The Royal Tenenbaums are one of the sweetest, most enjoyable dysfunctional families to be featured in movies.
Sparkles with verbal wit and visual flair.
The picture's creative pulse ... is clearly, brightly, powerfully that of Anderson.
| Original Score: A
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chock-full of quotable lines and silly surprises.
An eloquent, eccentric and surprisingly touching tribute to the comic dignity of failure.
A rich mixture of sadness, comfort and joy.
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.
A film like no other, an epic, depressive comedy, with lots of ironic laughs and a humane and rather sad feeling at its core.
| Original Score: 3/4
Wonderfully free-wheeling and delightfully mad, yet brought off with a fluid confidence that somehow makes the disjointed parts magically cohere.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's proof that Anderson and his writing partner, the actor Owen Wilson, have a gift of cockeyed genius.
Mostly you sit around waiting for it to be funnier, or at least funny more often.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cheerfully quirky -- and I mean that in a good way.
| Original Score: B+
A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
In honing their unique comic sensibility, Anderson and Wilson have delivered the year's best American comedy.
Anderson is not lacking in cleverness and ingenuity as a filmmaker, but it takes something more to produce a dramatically and emotionally satisfying movie.
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The film grows on you, but more substance and less calculated quirks would have been a royal treat.
Rushmore director Wes Anderson is more interested in his own precocity than he is in his characters.
Juicy to look at, the movie sustains its enchantments, even when it gets a little too smug for its own good.
The Royal Tenenbaums is such a hermetic film that the Coen brothers' work seems practically Capra-esque by comparison.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Inappropriate directness informs every second of The Royal Tenenbaums, and it just about wrecks the movie.
Rarely (if ever) side-splittingly funny, but there are so many clever moments that nasty chuckles and devilish smiles come at frequent intervals.
May not be the movie of the year, but it is a seasonal gift to us all.
[A] wonderful cast.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The witty screenplay, and Anderson's even wittier direction, fuses brilliantly comic dialogue with visual gags.