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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The first effort from director Wes Anderson since his critically beloved The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou finds the filmmaker re-teaming with a number of familiar faces, including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, and Seymour Cassel. Murray plays Steve Zissou, an eccentric and renowned oceanographer who has decided to seek out and enact mortal revenge on a shark that ate one of the men on his team. Along for the ride is Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson), a young man who has joined Zissou's crew after showing up claiming to be the seaman's long-lost son and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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
"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
"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
"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)
"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
"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
"Murray's inertia spurs Anderson to new heights of directorial inertia. Steve Zissou isn't the only filmmaker undergoing a mid-life crisis."
‑ Mark Steyn, The Spectator
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