The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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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
"... has a slow and natural progression, as Anderson's oceanographer searches for the shark that killed his partner, getting sidetracked by every possible diversion along the way. The diversions are kind of where it's at."
‑ Eric Melin,
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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