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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou and his crew--Team Zissou--set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly non-existent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. A young airline co-pilot who may or may not be Zissou's son, a beautiful journalist assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Zissou's estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor, joins them on their voyage. They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like the jaguar shark, The Life Aquatic is hard to get a hook into."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Noah Baumbach collaborated on the arch script, whose bittersweet weirdness leaves a residue even as the narrative disintegrates."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"While one may expect a little more consistency from a film with such acclaim, consistency is hardly the order of the day when one is making iconoclastic and unconventional movies like Anderson does."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"Anderson needs to diversify his bag of tricks A.S.A.P. -- unless he wants to exhaust his audiences' good will by cycling them through the same dreary spirals of ennui as he does his characters."
‑ Eric Allen Hatch, Orlando Weekly
"Not entirely successful, but colourful, charming and packed to the gunwales with talent."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"If you go with it, you'll love the film."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Like the film's fake fish, The Life Aquatic is endlessly fascinating to watch but, if you look closer, there's not much there."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Aquatic seems willfully eccentric without ever letting the rest of us in on the joke."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"For some, Anderson's world is too hermetically sealed and downright strange to be affecting; for others, there's an irresistible charm to his eccentric characters."
‑ Adam Smith, Radio Times
"Torn between heartbreak and hilarity, I found myself squirming with conflicted delight, braying like a circus clown on the outside while merrily crying away on the inside."
‑ Mark Kermode, New Statesman
"The Life Aquatic drifts along at a lazy pace, the occasional encounter with pirates notwithstanding."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"The director magically conjures emotional dividends in the film's invigorating last moments, which wordlessly celebrate an underrated and truly Andersonian virtue: solidarity."
‑ , Time Out
"Much of what happens feels rough, as if Anderson never completed his shooting script... But individual moments... just might keep you entertained throughout the film's near-two-hour running time"
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"Little can convey the texture of the Texan writer/director's fourth feature, other than to say it is unmistakably Andersonian, as off-kilter and tricksy as The Royal Tenenbaums."
‑ , Total Film
"There's no doubt that Anderson is an inventive filmmaker bursting with ideas. The problem is that he hasn't found a powerful story to contain them."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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