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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 90
    Peter Travers 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. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Might have been about the rise and fall of a family of gifted children. That would have been the typical way to approach the story. Instead, it's something rare -- a movie about people who have already fallen, whose best days are behind them. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The film grows on you, but more substance and less calculated quirks would have been a royal treat. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Absurdist, but also condescending and self-infatuated; The Royal Tenenbaums is at least three times too clever for its own good. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums is a movie about how people never really mature in ways that matter. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The performances are all terrific, but Gene Hackman is close to a career best as the family patriarch Royal, the most useless man you can't help loving. show more

  • 100
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    You'll laugh, you'll cry -- the year's best movie. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    More flat-out funny than "Rushmore," but in neither film is the humor joke-based. What you're laughing at is the behavior of characters who are so fixed in their idiosyncratic worldviews that they can't help but careen into each other like out-of-control bumper cars. show more

  • 88
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Once you're among them, the Tenenbaums -- and Anderson -- cast quite a spell. show more

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