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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Reviews

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Eric Melin
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
J.C. Mašek III
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 17, 2014
Like the jaguar shark, The Life Aquatic is hard to get a hook into.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 17, 2014
If you go with it, you'll love the film.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
March 17, 2014
Aquatic seems willfully eccentric without ever letting the rest of us in on the joke.
| Original Score: 2/4
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
March 17, 2014
Much of what happens feels rough, as if Anderson never completed his shooting script... But individual moments... just might keep you entertained throughout the film's near-two-hour running time
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Allen Hatch
Orlando Weekly
March 17, 2014
Anderson needs to diversify his bag of tricks A.S.A.P. -- unless he wants to exhaust his audiences' good will by cycling them through the same dreary spirals of ennui as he does his characters.
Adam Smith
Radio Times
March 17, 2014
For some, Anderson's world is too hermetically sealed and downright strange to be affecting; for others, there's an irresistible charm to his eccentric characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
March 17, 2014
Little can convey the texture of the Texan writer/director's fourth feature, other than to say it is unmistakably Andersonian, as off-kilter and tricksy as The Royal Tenenbaums.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2014
Not entirely successful, but colourful, charming and packed to the gunwales with talent.
Mark Kermode
New Statesman
March 17, 2014
Torn between heartbreak and hilarity, I found myself squirming with conflicted delight, braying like a circus clown on the outside while merrily crying away on the inside.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
March 17, 2014
The Life Aquatic drifts along at a lazy pace, the occasional encounter with pirates notwithstanding.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 17, 2014
There's no doubt that Anderson is an inventive filmmaker bursting with ideas. The problem is that he hasn't found a powerful story to contain them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Steyn
The Spectator
March 17, 2014
Murray's inertia spurs Anderson to new heights of directorial inertia. Steve Zissou isn't the only filmmaker undergoing a mid-life crisis.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 17, 2014
Noah Baumbach collaborated on the arch script, whose bittersweet weirdness leaves a residue even as the narrative disintegrates.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 17, 2014
Like the film's fake fish, The Life Aquatic is endlessly fascinating to watch but, if you look closer, there's not much there.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Anderson benefits tremendously from the always-engaging production design by Mark Friedberg, a delightful score by former Devo-ian Mark Mothersbaugh, and the always-engaging performances by top-notch actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kit Bowen
November 20, 2008
Twisted yet exquisitely witty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
All you need to know is that the film is a rare original, something of lasting value that will keep you engrossed and entertained in a dry, downbeat tone that is focused and filmic and fantastic.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Even Bill Murray, leading a now-typical set of odd Andersonian characters, can't keep this one afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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