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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Reviews

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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.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 24, 2004
The Life Aquatic is Anderson's least interesting film, and should serve as a demonstration of the vapidity of his so-called brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 24, 2004
The whimsy feels forced, and Murray is the only player allowed to hunt for laughs. More Goldblum would have helped. Wilson acts overshadowed, Dafoe has too little screen time and Blanchett is only a middling straight man.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
December 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 24, 2004
I can't recommend it, but I would not for one second discourage you from seeing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
December 23, 2004
There's not a convincing character to be found, and none of the film's dramatic scenes or emotional catharses have the ring of truth necessary for us to be affected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 9, 2004
A potentially great little cult picture shrieking in protest at being bumped up into a $50 million studio movie whose only real pleasure is its happy-color production design.
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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.
James Rocchi
December 10, 2004
Wes Anderson follows Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums with ... the same film for the third time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 13, 2004
This is one of the most irritating, self-conscious and smug films of the year, working neither as a dark comedy nor a character study.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 15, 2005
Aquatic gave me plenty to ponder. But I also remember that, while I was watching it, I wished it were more fun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
December 21, 2004
[C]inematic flotsam that drifts quickly out of mind.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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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.
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
December 16, 2004
Smug and slow moving. Who cares about Steve Zissou? For Anderson, it is all about the boat.
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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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 27, 2004
The Life Aquatic is a sluggish, lifeless, monumental disappointment -- annoying, smirking and self-satisfied about its own cleverness and ironic detachment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Murray
December 28, 2004
Do you ever feel like everyone but you is in on the joke?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 5, 2005
Though it looks like a Wes Anderson film, it doesn't feel like one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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