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The Royal Tenenbaums Reviews

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December 13, 2001
I couldn't find much humor in this supposed dark comedy.
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.
December 22, 2001
Wes Anderson's follow-up to Rushmore is a stylish but moribund exercise that chokes on the tongue lodged in its cheek.
December 14, 2001
The film grows on you, but more substance and less calculated quirks would have been a royal treat.
December 16, 2001
This is quirky theater infused with comic highlights, and an unfortunate number of lowlights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 21, 2002
... somehow can't get its feet on the ground to tell its story without hitting you over the head with its adolescent charm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 6, 2002
A ROYAL pain. It made me squirm instead of laugh.
October 13, 2007
To call it merely peculiar is a gross understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
December 21, 2001
If I smiled at all during this colossal misfire, it was at Hackman, who knows how to do cheerfully thoughtless better than anyone around. The rest of the cast looks lost and miserable.
December 13, 2001
These characters, archetypes all, never come to life, never engage us, never make us feel.
January 11, 2002
In their quest to make this film different, however, I just feel Anderson and Wilson forgot to make it interesting.
March 4, 2014
The Royal Tenenbaums tries to be many things, but isn't any one thing forcefully enough to carry much weight or significance.
January 1, 2004
This is a movie that is so embarrassing that it deserves to be consigned to the cutout bins at the video stores as quickly as possible.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 1/5
February 7, 2002
The Royal Tenenbaums is pathetically lazy filmmaking disguised as hip and clever, a boring and indifferent comedy that tries to pull the suddenly popular scam of trying to be emotional in its emotionlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2002
The comedy is threadbare, the drama plays like an afterthought, and there are too many characters to thoroughly develop any one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 29, 2002
'Isn't this just SO precious?'
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January 7, 2004
As great as [Hackman] is, he can't save the film single-handedly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 17, 2002
' the lives of the geniuses it centres on, The Royal Tenenbaums is a good looking, angst ridden example of squandered potential.'
March 4, 2014
What the film really seems to be is an invitation to thoughtlessness, a cultivation of the irrationally wilful.
August 27, 2009
Despite countless unique and amazing moments, the movie doesn't quite come together--which may not, in fact, go against the director's master plan.
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