The Royal Tenenbaums Reviews

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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
March 18, 2002
This is a film with a bracingly high IQ, bundles of wit and oodles of fun.
Top Critic
February 6, 2002
Funny, touching, intelligent, strange... well, let's just stop before we run out of superlatives.
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.
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