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The Royal Tenenbaums Reviews

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.
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
While the situations sometimes feel forced, Anderson has mounted an elegant production, beautifully filmed and accentuated by pleasant narration from Alec Baldwin and classy storybook transitions.
March 4, 2014
Tenenbaums doesn't quite jell, but it's a beautiful near miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 4, 2014
If [Anderson] and Wilson love their actors, characters, and ideas too much to reign themselves in, they at least overreach in the service of one of the year's warmest, funniest films.
August 14, 2008
As with Anderson's Rushmore, there's a certain annoying preciousness to this film -- it's not so consistently wise or amusing as he thinks it is -- but it has its moments.
July 22, 2008
As richly conceived as the novel it pretends to be...
May 27, 2008
Whatever my qualms, it's still one of the funniest comedies around.
June 24, 2006
A comedy of unrequited love, melancholy and disappointment. One to savour.
March 22, 2002
Apart from Hackman, the actors look more trapped by Anderson's rigid framing, color scheme, and enforced deadpan.
January 22, 2002
Anderson is something of a prodigy himself, and he's riddled with talent, but he hasn't figured out how to be askew and heartfelt at the same time.
January 5, 2002
For this fable of family dysfunction, [Anderson] has added some genuine feelings, a melancholy core that resonates beneath the oddball humor.
January 4, 2002
Despite the stylization of this movie and the exaggerated behavior of its characters, The Royal Tenenbaums has a lot to say about family, as well as about early promise and how to live with not living up to it.
January 4, 2002
The kind of movie that seems likely to inspire argument as to which is the choicest bit.
January 4, 2002
Even at its most painfully precious, The Royal Tenenbaums is never less than entertaining and involving.
December 28, 2001
A terrific, unforgettable film that's just the right mix of humor and poignancy, never sentimental or predictable, always funny but never obviously so.
December 28, 2001
[Anderson] makes us laugh, he makes us think, and he does it in a distinctive screwball style.
December 28, 2001
The Royal Tenenbaums are one of the sweetest, most enjoyable dysfunctional families to be featured in movies.
December 27, 2001
Sparkles with verbal wit and visual flair.
December 22, 2001
The picture's creative pulse ... is clearly, brightly, powerfully that of Anderson.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 21, 2001
This is a review telling you to see The Royal Tenenbaums because director Wes Anderson's films are always good. But the recommendation comes carefully measured.
December 21, 2001
Chock-full of quotable lines and silly surprises.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2001
An eloquent, eccentric and surprisingly touching tribute to the comic dignity of failure.
December 21, 2001
A rich mixture of sadness, comfort and joy.
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 21, 2001
A film like no other, an epic, depressive comedy, with lots of ironic laughs and a humane and rather sad feeling at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2001
Wonderfully free-wheeling and delightfully mad, yet brought off with a fluid confidence that somehow makes the disjointed parts magically cohere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2001
It's proof that Anderson and his writing partner, the actor Owen Wilson, have a gift of cockeyed genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2001
Mostly you sit around waiting for it to be funnier, or at least funny more often.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2001
Cheerfully quirky -- and I mean that in a good way.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 20, 2001
A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 20, 2001
In honing their unique comic sensibility, Anderson and Wilson have delivered the year's best American comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2001
Anderson is not lacking in cleverness and ingenuity as a filmmaker, but it takes something more to produce a dramatically and emotionally satisfying movie.
December 18, 2001
That it works is due to director Wes Anderson, who has made something eccentric and hilarious that can suddenly -- or maybe not for hours or even days later -- choke you up with emotion.
December 14, 2001
The film grows on you, but more substance and less calculated quirks would have been a royal treat.
December 14, 2001
Rushmore director Wes Anderson is more interested in his own precocity than he is in his characters.
December 14, 2001
Juicy to look at, the movie sustains its enchantments, even when it gets a little too smug for its own good.
December 13, 2001
The Royal Tenenbaums is such a hermetic film that the Coen brothers' work seems practically Capra-esque by comparison.
December 13, 2001
Inappropriate directness informs every second of The Royal Tenenbaums, and it just about wrecks the movie.
December 12, 2001
Rarely (if ever) side-splittingly funny, but there are so many clever moments that nasty chuckles and devilish smiles come at frequent intervals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2001
May not be the movie of the year, but it is a seasonal gift to us all.
December 10, 2001
[A] wonderful cast.
October 22, 2001
At once endearing and unbearably show-offy, it seems to be the product of a sensibility formed by age-inappropriate reading: a childhood spent sneaking into the grown-up fiction section of the library.
October 9, 2001
The witty screenplay, and Anderson's even wittier direction, fuses brilliantly comic dialogue with visual gags.