The Royal Tenenbaums Reviews

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March 4, 2014
Anderson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Wilson, maintains a straight, deadpan tone throughout the film.
March 4, 2014
Anderson's cinematic style gets more adventurous from one movie to the next.
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.
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
Immaculately written and brilliantly performed (with Hackman, especially, on magnificent form), this extraordinary fable restores one's faith in American cinema.
March 4, 2014
Tenenbaums doesn't quite jell, but it's a beautiful near miss.
March 4, 2014
The Royal Tenenbaums is Anderson's crowning achievement.
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.
March 4, 2014
What the film really seems to be is an invitation to thoughtlessness, a cultivation of the irrationally wilful.
March 4, 2014
The very precise look of the film, the clever design and camerawork, which create a slightly off-kilter world for the characters to inhabit, is beautifully done.
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.
December 27, 2013
The near-fantastic, offbeat, play-room sensibility of Anderson's work is much of his appeal. Here, the cozy-roominess slots in well with the various cornered resentments, stacked secrets and crammed cubbyholes of bad memories.
June 25, 2011
Its laughs are like stealth bombers, sneaking up on us to the extent that we suddenly find ourselves chortling even as we're wrapped up in the movie's unexpected air of melancholia.
December 29, 2010
Quirky extended-family story with dry adult humor.
September 17, 2010
What remains Wes Anderson's most poetic film is the story of a family fractured by envy and fumbling for empathy at the insistence of a patriarch, perfectly played by Gene Hackman with affection and antagonism.
December 28, 2009
The filmmaker's great conjunction picture, where every element, from casting to cinematography, found perfect alignment, bringing about Anderson's most emotionally pulling, visually arresting feature.
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.
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.
August 14, 2008
Wes Anderson has made his masterpiece. It's going to be hard for him to match it.
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