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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
Wes Anderson creates a highly stylized and peculiar world, which either works for you or it doesn't. It works for me beautifully...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Jardine
June 28, 2006
A film I'll be able to return in years hence and have lovely waves of happiness wash over me.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The director magically conjures emotional dividends in the film's invigorating last moments, which wordlessly celebrate an underrated and truly Andersonian virtue: solidarity.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
The garish, exotic, retro styling is Anderson at his visual best. In terms of character and sensibility, though, this is sadly Anderson at his worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Even when caught in a rut, Anderson's obsessive vision still yields many exhilarating surprises.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
August 31, 2005
magnificent display of talents not weaved into coherent story
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 14, 2005
Has a quiet comical edginess that reflects the poignancy of the situation and the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
This take on undersea adventure movies, though studded with amusing bits, feels smug and self-satisfied, as if the quirkiness no longer is merely a by-product of the way Anderson views the world.
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
May 25, 2005
Expect the absurd, the bizarre, the sweet, and the occasionally surreal, and you'll probably have a darn good time with The Life Aquatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
May 24, 2005
Successfully, the film employs a sense of discovery that is befitting; you're eager to see what Zissou sees beneath the ocean's surface. You just may not feel what he does.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 20, 2005
There's nothing wrong with Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou that a digital insertion of Gene Hackman wouldn't solve.
Jason Blake
Sydney Morning Herald
May 13, 2005
There's precious little humanity on display and Steve Zissou is nowhere near as compelling a character as his similarly downbeat Bob Harris in Lost In Translation.
Todd Gilchrist
May 10, 2005
Suggests that Wes Anderson may have become too immersed in his own meticulous and idiosyncratic world to quite realize that he's left ours far behind.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Funny, gorgeous, and touching in spurts.
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
April 23, 2005
There is a distinct sense that Anderson is trying to re-invent himself with this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
April 21, 2005
Kudos for tone and flavor, but if you take the meat of something we aren't inclined to eat, all the best seasonings in the world won't save it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
The film's storyline plays out as a comic riff on Moby-Dick, which is hilarious if you're on Anderson's wavelength but will probably bore to tears those who aren't.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jonathan Romney
Independent (UK)
March 7, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shay Casey
February 22, 2005
Anderson's ability to deftly flip between whimsy and sentiment remains intact.
| Original Score: 93/100
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