The Royal Tenenbaums
The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 4, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2002
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Royal Tenenbaums is a delightful adult comedy with many quirks and a sense of poignancy. Many critics especially praised Hackman's performance.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

This comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family of eccentric geniuses is exactly the kind of movie America could use. It's funny, poignant, laced with irresistibly flawed characters and focuses on the power of love in a family.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Pat Stacey
The Herald (Ireland)

Suffused with warmth and colour, and making liberal and inventive use of flashbacks, captions, voiceover and even chapter headings to break up the story, The Royal Tenenbaums won't be to everybody's taste, but it is a blast of original, irreverent air.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film manages to be both sarcastic and sentimental. As odd as the Tenenbaums are, the family remains bound by love.

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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly

Wes Anderson is an authentic original -- an eccentric and heretical talent.

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Christopher Machell

With a stellar cast, gorgeous art direction and a surprisingly moving story [The Royal Tenenbaums is], a contender for Anderson's best work to date.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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David Germain
Associated Press

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.

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)

These characters are written with the broad strokes of caricature, yet they are neither funny nor, in the end, sympathetic.

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