The Royal Tenenbaums Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
December 21, 2001
Wonderfully free-wheeling and delightfully mad, yet brought off with a fluid confidence that somehow makes the disjointed parts magically cohere.
December 21, 2001
It's proof that Anderson and his writing partner, the actor Owen Wilson, have a gift of cockeyed genius.
December 21, 2001
Mostly you sit around waiting for it to be funnier, or at least funny more often.
December 20, 2001
Cheerfully quirky -- and I mean that in a good way.
December 20, 2001
A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan.
December 20, 2001
In honing their unique comic sensibility, Anderson and Wilson have delivered the year's best American comedy.
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.
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