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The Darjeeling Limited Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 12, 2014
Wes Anderson transports his arch, pristine, melancholic sensibility to India, where three estranged brothers meet after their father's death and hop a train in a quixotic attempt to heal their spiritual wounds.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2014
The film as a whole operates in Mr. Anderson's patented, semi-precious zone of antic and droll. It's not as if the filmmaker has gone off the rails. He's just not solidly on them.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Apart from having thus created the first road-picture homework assignment, Anderson isn't breaking new ground here. But he and his actors appear to be having a larkish good time.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
A Wes Anderson film is like a snow globe: it's hermetically sealed, precious, and pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 21, 2007
For all Anderson's pleasing, refreshing auteur tendencies, the overwhelming feeling delivered by 'The Darjeeling Limited' is of frustration, déjà vu and little progression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 19, 2007
There's never a moment when you're not conscious of the movie's artifice -- its set design is part of its entertainment -- but the experience isn't exactly off-putting, either.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 19, 2007
It's an affected film about disaffected people, and no cast in the world could save it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 19, 2007
This film is indeed Limited -- in appeal, sincerity and substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 19, 2007
Even those invested in the idea that the journey is the destination may feel they've taken a train to nowhere.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 18, 2007
The whimsy of it all does a passable job of covering the dull stretches, and the actors, to a one (Bill Murray has a cameo, Anjelica Huston shows up) make it watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
October 12, 2007
[This] oddball odyssey stuck with me well after the final long, hypnotic shot of the magic train rolling through the Indian landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 12, 2007
None of this is as amusing as the writers ostensibly imagine it to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 12, 2007
The Darjeeling Limited is a step toward maturity for Anderson, too. His visual ideas are still overcalculated and the tone is often precious, but emotionally he seems to have expanded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 12, 2007
What this movie has going for itself in spite of its cloying pleas for indulgence is a playful and interesting narrative structure that precludes much development and comes to the fore only toward the end.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 12, 2007
The Darjeeling Limited, the latest self-satisfied exercise in style over substance from writer-director Wes Anderson, will amuse his cult followers -- as well as Anderson himself and his pals, of course -- but probably nobody else.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 11, 2007
Brothers and other strangers ride The Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson's captivating road movie that views life as a Great Train of Being.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
October 11, 2007
Dripping with Wes Anderson's patented blend of whimsy and melancholy, The Darjeeling Limited is the story of three brothers traveling across India in search of themselves.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 9, 2007
The Darjeeling Limited works best when the level of artifice is at its highest and most overt.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 6, 2007
It is a delight to look at, with its vibrant colors, iconic images and exotic setting, and the film has a meandering feel that captures the sense of trekking across India.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 5, 2007
The movie runs deepest when the brothers finally deal with their baggage, both real and metaphysical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 5, 2007
A frustrating movie, a work of immaturity from a director who should be past the empty gestures and self-protective distance of his early work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 5, 2007
An easy movie to admire but more difficult to like. Technically and thematically, there's a lot in The Darjeeling Limited to arrest the attention. Emotionally, there's a void.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 5, 2007
The preciousness of this new enterprise pollutes the human relationships until everything seems like a pose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 5, 2007
A better film [than Life Aquatic], warmer, more engaging, funnier and very surrounded by India, that nation of perplexing charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 5, 2007
Dysfunctional families are as common on screen as off, but director Wes Anderson has a flair for making his clans seem bizarrely unique and yet recognizable too.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 4, 2007
The film about three brothers in the wake of their dad's death is a pleasurable journey to nowhere, but it's worth the ride.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 4, 2007
The Darjeeling Limited has its charms, chief of which is watching three terrific actors evince with unforced ease the rewards and resentments of brotherhood.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 4, 2007
However irregular the beat, this one has a heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 3, 2007
The magically compelling Darjeeling Limited strikes me as the fullest blossoming yet of Anderson's talents as a total filmmaker.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 1, 2007
It is repetitive, but it's still very clever writing, maybe sometimes too clever, really good acting.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 1, 2007
With more style than substance, the story is so thin it evaporates like a puff from a hookah.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 28, 2007
Unstintingly fussy, vain and self-regarding. But it is also a treasure: an odd, flawed, but nonetheless beautifully handmade object as apt to win affection as to provoke annoyance. You might say that it has sentimental value.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 28, 2007
Maybe Anderson needs to shoot someone else's screenplay, to get outside his own head for a while and into another's sensibility. It's telling that his funniest and liveliest recent work was a commercial for American Express.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 28, 2007
The usual pleasures of Anderson's work are all present in The Darjeeling Limited, which creates a gorgeous palette out of local color.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 28, 2007
There's [Anderson's] usual goofy celebration of silent dark-eyed melancholics and shaggy oddballs, of absurdist realities and blindingly unexpected insights. Taken as a whole, it's incontrovertible evidence of Anderson's own free-wheeling talent.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 28, 2007
Wilson, Brody and Schwartzman have their charms, but the script gives them little to work with. Anderson and his co-writers have come up with an ordinary road movie that is dependent on lame running jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 27, 2007
Anderson is still a maddeningly cool filmmaker. He's remote from his characters, which makes him remote from his movies. There's also a way in which he uses race as a novelty, suggesting an assertively white-kid view of the world.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 27, 2007
Wes Anderson doesn't make movies like anybody else, which is sometimes a good thing and sometimes not. His latest, The Darjeeling Limited, combines what's best and worst about him.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 26, 2007
This is familiar territory for Anderson after Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. But there's a startling new maturity in Darjeeling, a compassion for the larger world that busts the confines of the filmmaker's miniaturist instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 26, 2007
At a stage in [Wes] Anderson's career when he should be moving on, he is instead circling back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
September 25, 2007
A companion piece to Tenenbaums more than a step in new directions, Darjeeling is a movie about people trapped in themselves and what it takes to get free...
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 24, 2007
Hit and miss, but its tone of lyric melancholy is remarkably sustained.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2007
A train ride without laughs or charm.
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Alissa Simon
Variety
September 4, 2007
Here, as in his two prior outings, Anderson's arch, highly artificial style gets in the way of character and emotional development, rendering pic piquant rather than profound.