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
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
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
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
While The Life Aquatic doesn't take Anderson -- or Murray -- in a terribly new or challenging direction emotionally,it is an enjoyable adventure nonetheless.
March 17, 2014
If you go with it, you'll love the film.
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
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.
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.
March 17, 2014
Not entirely successful, but colourful, charming and packed to the gunwales with talent.
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.
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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