The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

The editor of Film Comment said in awe of The Royal Tenenbaums: "I have never seen moments like these in any other movie". This aptly observed the movie's sense of revelation for fans. If Wes Anderson's earlier films (the brilliant Bottle Rocket, Rushmore) didn't do it already, Tenenbaums – the storybook-like tale of a family of failed geniuses yearning for past glories – heralded the arrival of an original voice in film comedy.

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical (Hackman), Golden Globes 2002
2001Rating: R13, Adult themes110 minsUSA
ComedyDramaFestival & Independent

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The Royal Tenenbaums / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Underachieves in its own way by trapping an expansive, probing story in a brittle, highly artificial style that constricts character and emotional development.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

At once endearing and unbearably show-offy, it seems to be the product of a sensibility formed by age-inappropriate reading.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Anderson offers no phony uplift for the Tenenbaums or for audiences. But he does know how to take a sad song and make it better. In these troubled times, that's a gift.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Exists on a knife edge between comedy and sadness. There are big laughs, and then quiet moments when we're touched.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Director Wes Anderson, who also co-wrote the "Royal" script with actor Owen Wilson, unquestionably has one of America's most distinctive filmmaking sensibilities, but that is part of the problem. As my mother used to say, too good is no good.

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