The Royal Tenenbaums
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The Royal Tenenbaums
Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children--Chas, Richie, and Margot--they were a family of geniuses and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have had a preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman grant of fifty thousand dollars in the ninth grade. Richie was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure and disaster.… 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
"What the film really seems to be is an invitation to thoughtlessness, a cultivation of the irrationally wilful."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Wes Anderson is an authentic original -- an eccentric and heretical talent."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"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
"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
"The very precise look of the film, the clever design and camerawork, which create a slightly off-kilter world for the characters to inhabit, is beautifully done."
‑ David Stratton,
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