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The Royal Tenenbaums Reviews

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November 8, 2018
Tenenbaums is excellent in its own right but it also serves as a perfect entry point to anyone new to the quirk-filled world of Wes Anderson.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
January 26, 2018
There's so much to like about Wes Anderson's work, and it's hard not to warm to a guy who makes a comedy about damaged young has-beens. But he misfires badly in some crucial respects.
October 16, 2017
Suffused with warmth and colour, and making liberal and inventive use of flashbacks, captions, voiceover and even chapter headings to break up the story, The Royal Tenenbaums won't be to everybody's taste, but it is a blast of original, irreverent air.
January 16, 2017
With a stellar cast, gorgeous art direction and a surprisingly moving story [The Royal Tenenbaums is], a contender for Anderson's best work to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 1, 2014
This comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family of eccentric geniuses is exactly the kind of movie America could use. It's funny, poignant, laced with irresistibly flawed characters and focuses on the power of love in a family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 1, 2014
The film manages to be both sarcastic and sentimental. As odd as the Tenenbaums are, the family remains bound by love.
October 1, 2014
These characters are written with the broad strokes of caricature, yet they are neither funny nor, in the end, sympathetic.
October 1, 2014
Anderson truly comes into his own as an original voice with a unique storytelling agenda with this fresh, studiously peculiar film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 1, 2014
Anderson likes his characters too much to see real cruelty befall them; you likely will too.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 1, 2014
The Tenenbaums's self-referential outlook, wayward agendas, wanton destructiveness and wishful fantasy make for a highly entertaining spectacle, provided you acknowledge you're watching a churning status quo that will never alter in essentials.
October 1, 2014
Anderson may yet be the heir to the screwball-comedy throne, but his creative blood needs a fresh infusion.
October 1, 2014
Anderson and Wilson have developed into two of the most original voices in American film today. Watching their movies you get the sense that you're peeking into their daydreams.
March 4, 2014
With Anderson's images, seductive as they are, we can ultimately only guess -- what Margot's plays are about, or who Etheline's suitors are... And that makes Anderson's film an exhilarating experience, a real jungle gym for the imagination.
March 4, 2014
Each character, as ever, is tucked into a shell of his or her obsessions, and yet the filming itself -- the grace of Anderson's draftsmanship, as it were -- binds the figures together into a team.
March 4, 2014
Anderson, who collaborated on the script (as in his previous films) with his college buddy Owen Wilson, gives everyone some of the best dialogue heard in a recent movie.
March 4, 2014
Wes Anderson is an authentic original -- an eccentric and heretical talent.
March 4, 2014
Anderson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Wilson, maintains a straight, deadpan tone throughout the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 4, 2014
Anderson's cinematic style gets more adventurous from one movie to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 4, 2014
An appealingly quirky comedy about an unhappy clan of eccentric geniuses.
March 4, 2014
A first-rate ensemble cast is complemented by a terrific script, subtle direction and brilliant use of music in this witty, inventive comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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