• The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

The Royal Tenenbaums

Release Date: December 14th, 2001

DVD Release Date: July 9th, 2002

R |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. "The Royal Tenenbaums" is the story of the family's sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.

Cast: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray

Director: Wes Anderson

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, American Empirical Pictures, Mordecai Films

Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Criterion Collection

Keywords: Father , New York City , Mother , Love , Son , House , Moving , 2000s , Amusing , Hotel

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

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

  • 90
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    Along with his writing partner, actor Owen Wilson, who also plays (hilariously) a supporting role in the film, Anderson reveals himself to be a highly original comic talent, impressive both for his strongly controlled deadpan style and for providing a sense of emotional heft lacking in most mainstream film comedies. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia 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

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Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)