The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Reviews

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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
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
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.
March 17, 2014
Like the jaguar shark, The Life Aquatic is hard to get a hook into.
March 17, 2014
Aquatic seems willfully eccentric without ever letting the rest of us in on the joke.
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.
March 17, 2014
The Life Aquatic drifts along at a lazy pace, the occasional encounter with pirates notwithstanding.
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.
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.
December 27, 2007
Even Bill Murray, leading a now-typical set of odd Andersonian characters, can't keep this one afloat.
December 13, 2005
Anderson and Baumbach have crafted a world like no other, asking viewers to just sit back and accept all of the weird, deadpan whimsy and esoteric lyricism surrounding them.
December 6, 2005
Anderson aims for deadpan humor but the problem is that there's nothing remotely funny about the characters or what they say or do.
September 16, 2005
I'm at a loss, really, to explain Anderson's failure in Life Aquatic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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