The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Reviews

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February 3, 2020
It's hard to fault Anderson for striving - with clearly considerable effort - to create a film world more complete and satisfying than the real one.
April 24, 2019
This is Murray and Anderson at their most irreproachable and beguiling. In short, it's a bit of a minor masterpiece.
April 1, 2019
And spending time in the company of Murray, the deadpan brilliant humanist clown and his washed-up but still-seeking sea explorer, is an existential hoot.
April 1, 2019
For the first time Anderson is distancing us as much as he's charming us. What's charming, though, ensures Life Aquatic is no failure.
April 1, 2019
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, lacks heart, offering up in its place an aquamarine world sinking due to a near-terminal case of whimsy.
April 1, 2019
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is so knowing and so arch: the first part striving for a faux-grandiosity that the second part tries to undercut by its pseudo-geekiness... but ends up being plain annoying.
April 1, 2019
How much of this will work for you depends on your appetite for the picturesquely dysfunctional.
April 1, 2019
It is such a brilliant idea, and everything looks so great, especially the way the film is constructed on Cousteau-esque lines, with the calm deliberation of a nature documentary from a more innocent age.
April 1, 2019
Seems to stagnate. [Full review in Spanish]
April 1, 2019
All the stylized performances in stylized sets work to kill the film's emotional content. It's not that we don't like the characters; it's that Anderson won't let us get involved with them, a fatal flaw in something this strenuously whimsical.
April 1, 2019
A deliberate and irritating absence of dramatic momentum is accompanied by delicious, often magical, moments.
April 1, 2019
Orson Welles said a film studio was the best train-set a boy could have, but The Life Aquatic is something else: Anderson uses the sound stages of Cinecittá like a kid playing with toy boats in the bath. He makes one hell of a splash.
April 1, 2019
Anderson never manages the difficult art of switching from put-on to pathos. And even the straight-faced performances of Wilson and Blanchett don't help.
April 1, 2019
A lovely, slightly wistful, tragicomedy.
October 17, 2018
Aquatic's free-flowing eccentricity is anchored by the emotional realism of its cast, particularly Murray. The actor brings disheveled melancholy to every distant gaze and dry turn of phrase.
August 24, 2017
The Life Aquatic is populated by brilliantly coloured, unusual specimens and that's not counting the fish.
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.
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.
March 17, 2014
Like the jaguar shark, The Life Aquatic is hard to get a hook into.
March 17, 2014
While The Life Aquatic doesn't take Anderson -- or Murray -- in a terribly new or challenging direction emotionally,it is an enjoyable adventure nonetheless.
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