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Based on 38 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Wilson drops the ironic smirk to give a sincerely affecting performance. His scenes with Murray provide the ballast when the script veers off into unconvincing pirate attacks and animated sea creatures. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's almost a great movie. For half of its running time, Anderson maintains a distinct and arresting tone of vague absurdity, and then he loses control and the film begins to dip into silliness. Individual scenes become labored. Yet even at its worst, The Life Aquatic is always interesting -- there's really nothing else like it. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Nothing but attitude. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    There's a lot to appreciate here, especially Mr. Murray's variations on the sad but hopeful soul he played in "Rushmore" (and in "Lost In Translation"). Yet meanings get lost in a clutter of cleverness. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Like the old and creaky Belafonte, the film itself seems forever on the brink of drifting away. But it's the kind of drifting that's nothing but enjoyable. In fact, it's beyond enjoyable - heading into waters full of whimsy, mystery and odd, psychedelic fish. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    If there's anything more tiresome in film today than hip irony, it is forced irony, and here comes a boatload with Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Wonderfully weird and wistful adventure-comedy about a fish-out-of-water oceanographer. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The director of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" scores his most funny-sad movie to date. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Aquatic maintains its buoyancy throughout. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Intermittently brilliant, intermittently hilarious -- and occasionally tedious. show more

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