The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 10, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is getting soaked by many critics, who call it smug, ironic and artificial. Still, others have praised the movie's sheer uniqueness, eccentricity and whimsy.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Like the jaguar shark, The Life Aquatic is hard to get a hook into.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Noah Baumbach collaborated on the arch script, whose bittersweet weirdness leaves a residue even as the narrative disintegrates.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The Life Aquatic is populated by brilliantly coloured, unusual specimens and that's not counting the fish.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

If you go with it, you'll love the film.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Like the film's fake fish, The Life Aquatic is endlessly fascinating to watch but, if you look closer, there's not much there.

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Eric Melin

... 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.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

The Life Aquatic drifts along at a lazy pace, the occasional encounter with pirates notwithstanding.

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Time Out

The director magically conjures emotional dividends in the film's invigorating last moments, which wordlessly celebrate an underrated and truly Andersonian virtue: solidarity.

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J.C. Mašek III

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
Beautiful quirky graphic style, but the dialogue was blah and Steve Zissou was not a likable character. Only Owen Wilson's heartfelt earnestness salvaged… More
Jim Hunter
An oceanographer on a Moby Dick revenge mission reunites with his long-lost son as he pursues the shark who killed his partner. What is true of all Wes… More
Greg S
An aging underwater nature documentarian assembles a team to hunt down the jaguar shark that ate his partner, including a pregnant journalist he has a crush on… More
Lucas Martins
Unique, criative, surrealist and very funny, The Life Aquatic of Wes Anderson it's oddly inspirer black comedy.
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Graham Jones
In my opinion this film is a masterpiece. Visually stunning and more experimental than any of his earlier films, The Life Aquatic is touching and hilarious.… More