The Royal Tenenbaums
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The Royal Tenenbaums
Director Wes Anderson and his longtime friend and writing partner Owen Wilson follow up Bottle Rocket (1996) and Rushmore (1998) with this similarly offbeat comedy about a dysfunctional family reunion. Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) was a successful attorney who had three children with his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston), an archaeologist. Each of the Tenenbaum kids was a precocious genius: Chas (Ben Stiller) made a killing as a child investor. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior tennis champ and three-time U.S. Nationals winner. The adopted Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright who won a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"Each character, as ever, is tucked into a shell of his or her obsessions, and yet the filming itself -- the grace of Anderson's draftsmanship, as it were -- binds the figures together into a team."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"While the situations sometimes feel forced, Anderson has mounted an elegant production, beautifully filmed and accentuated by pleasant narration from Alec Baldwin and classy storybook transitions."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"With Anderson's images, seductive as they are, we can ultimately only guess -- what Margot's plays are about, or who Etheline's suitors are... And that makes Anderson's film an exhilarating experience, a real jungle gym for the imagination."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound
"An appealingly quirky comedy about an unhappy clan of eccentric geniuses."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"The Royal Tenenbaums is Anderson's crowning achievement."
‑ James Keith La Croix, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Anderson, who collaborated on the script (as in his previous films) with his college buddy Owen Wilson, gives everyone some of the best dialogue heard in a recent movie."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Tenenbaums doesn't quite jell, but it's a beautiful near miss."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Anderson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Wilson, maintains a straight, deadpan tone throughout the film."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"A first-rate ensemble cast is complemented by a terrific script, subtle direction and brilliant use of music in this witty, inventive comedy."
‑ , Total Film
"If [Anderson] and Wilson love their actors, characters, and ideas too much to reign themselves in, they at least overreach in the service of one of the year's warmest, funniest films."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Wes Anderson is an authentic original -- an eccentric and heretical talent."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"As with Anderson's Rushmore, there's a certain annoying preciousness to this film -- it's not so consistently wise or amusing as he thinks it is -- but it has its moments."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Anderson's cinematic style gets more adventurous from one movie to the next."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Immaculately written and brilliantly performed (with Hackman, especially, on magnificent form), this extraordinary fable restores one's faith in American cinema."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"What the film really seems to be is an invitation to thoughtlessness, a cultivation of the irrationally wilful."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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