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The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

2001
Comedy
Drama
1h 50m
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Rated 27 Jan 2021
88
75th
Feels very much like a proto-Arrested Development, with just enough genuine humor and emotion to keep it from being a hipsters-only wankfest. Some of the storylines aren't resolved in a satisfactory way, and Bill Murray is criminally underused, but this is still a decently enjoyable time with these oh-so-quirky characters.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
It's easy to find fault in Tenenbaums -- it's too self-conscious, the characters are too detached and unemotional, it's overly whimsical. Those are all valid points, and to be truthful, they do nag at me. But I like that whimsy. It's clever and different and fun. And the care Wes Anderson puts into the look and feel of his movies really shows. The soundtrack is among the best I've ever heard.
Rated 14 May 2008
94
97th
Upon a repeated viewing I have to say that I now think this film is fantastic. It's odd for me because I think it's one of the funniest movies I've seen but I rarely actually laughed. Everyone in the film is fantastic and perfectly cast, including Ben Stiller who I'm admittedly not a fan of. I think the main thing this movie requires from the viewer is time to allow the film to grow on you. Some only require a few minutes, I required a rewatch. But eventually you can see this film is wonderful.
Rated 01 Apr 2010
95
98th
It's just so perfect. This really is Anderson's masterpiece. Great performances from everyone, especially Luke Wilson--the "Needle in the Hay" scene makes me cry every viewing. It's touching, hilarious, and depressing in the best way possible.
Rated 03 Sep 2009
96
98th
It amazes me that people find it difficult setting Anderson apart from his peers. He manages to get some truly great performances out of usually hokey actors, and the framing of the shots is just brilliant. Also a fantastic soundtrack which, while some may tell you otherwise, compliments the scenes without making up for any problems with them. A perfect movie.
Rated 03 Mar 2007
18
97th
The ultimate escapism, a perfectly charming and warm and wonderful comedy that sucks you in and refuses to let go. By the end one feels endeared to the dysfunctional Tenenbaum family to the point of feeling a part of them, happy to soar to their heights and sink to their more frequent lows.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
95
99th
The Wilson brothers produce their finest ever performances (Luke in particular is fantastic) as they and an all star cast bring a typical Wes Anderson piece of magic to life. Funny, with a brilliant script and mad characters, I love this film. There is something new to discover each and every time I watch it and the "Needle in the Hey" scene just gives me goosebumps everytime! Majestic.
Rated 23 Jun 2009
96
98th
I fell in love with the characters in this film. They were all very human; damaged goods. There is no perfect person in this movie, but each has a very distinct and fleshed out personality. I also really thought Wes Anderson's style actually added drama to the scenes where in some of his previous efforts it felt unnecessary at times.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
93rd
Very charming and funny.
Rated 16 Nov 2007
0
5th
wow, i hated this. violently.
Rated 20 Apr 2008
90
90th
At first it seemed too smug about its quirky style, but then slowly but surely its substance revealed itself and it became something beautiful.
Rated 04 Mar 2008
50
22nd
Too quirky to be worthy of your time. It's all over the map and really doesn't go anywhere. It consists entirely of "Here's another weirdo for you to gawk at" and while that does make up a carnival sideshow, it's insufficient to comprise a motion picture.
Rated 10 Oct 2008
50
14th
It isn't funny, the characters are annoying, nothing interesting happens, and the film is far too in love with itself. If a beret could jerk off, this is the porn it would watch while doing so.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
1
11th
I've never really understood the love for this one. Anderson is undoubtedly original and the cast is wonderful, but the choices in direction and tone are completely alienating to me. The profound detachment of all of the characters and performances really rob this of having any sort of depth or weight. All I'm left with is a bunch of boring white people speaking in monotone to one another. I really do want to like Anderson, but I'm afraid he doesn't do anything for me.
Rated 17 Feb 2017
100
98th
It's taken me years to fully appreciate this film, mostly because it was the first Anderson film I watched as a teen (my love for cinema revolved around 'Fight Club'), and since, I have changed my opinion slowwwwwwly. Like, I have watched this five times now, and I have finally just admitted this is a great film. Something has always drawn me in to rewatch the film, and I am glad it only took 16 years to admit what everyone else already knew.
Rated 08 Mar 2010
84
76th
You can definitely tell it's a Wes Anderson movie, and despite all the quirk, the moment near the end when Ben Stiller (voice cracking) admits that he's had a rough year is genuinely moving.
Rated 26 Nov 2009
39
3rd
Pretentious, overrated crapola.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
93rd
I love it. Cartoonish, but somber and melancholy. A very funny black comedy with characters that are both despicable and adorable. Anderson's idiosyncrasies fit like a glove, and this is probably the best of his films so far.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
42
34th
Wes Anderson made one perfect movie, Bottle Rockets. The returns have been diminishing ever since.
Rated 11 Jun 2014
82
86th
I feel rather silly for not having watched this sooner. Skirts that fine line between drama and dark comedy constantly and expertly. The cast is used wonderfully, with a deliciously dickish Hackman as the standout.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
97th
Excellent flick by Wes Anderson. All the characters jump off the screen by way of amazing performances. One of the best casts that I've seen on the same screen as well.
Rated 15 Jul 2007
80
80th
Sweet and odd like Wes Anderson's others; does not disappoint. Gwyneth Paltrow's impossibly-precise eyeliner is a force to be reckoned with in this film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
18th
Overrated.
Rated 26 Oct 2008
90
90th
the line "I've had a rough year, dad." still makes me tear up.
Rated 24 Jan 2011
100
85th
6 Shaqtaculars
Rated 10 Oct 2007
92
81st
Wes Anderson's movies are ambitious, sure, and bluntly quirky, but endearing and real enough that one starts to identify with his weirdos and the human pathos expressed. A sadness permeates his films, and I love them all.
Rated 15 Nov 2013
80
89th
The Royal Tenenbaums is a really wonderful film. It's hilarious, for starters, and contains am emotional truth underneath its quirkiness. The balancing act that has to be done in order for all of these characters to feel important and real is impressive in and of itself, and a testament to both the directorial skill of Wes Anderson, but also the screenwriting talent of Anderson and Owen Wilson. While it's undoubtedly silly, The Royal Tenenbaums is absolutely worth seeing.
Rated 01 Feb 2009
95
76th
Beautifully done, great acting, lovely soundtrack.
Rated 31 May 2008
47
18th
a bit weird
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
23rd
Not really all that good.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
40
5th
A disappointment. I could not laugh with this movie. G.Hackman looks ridiculous in this so called comedian.
Rated 11 Jul 2008
40
13th
I didn't like it. I found the acting style and the whole plot to be unfailingly annoying.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
93
98th
Excellently strange family dramedy from Anderson and company.
Rated 16 Feb 2022
92
85th
Coming from a big family of weirdos who each respectively have odd relationships, I loved this movie. I give 9 wooden prosthetic fingers out of 10.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
2
36th
look, ben stiller and his boys wear matching adidas' suits!!! great!!! wes anderson will be the ingmar bergman of the future...
Rated 27 Nov 2015
96
97th
It's often hard for me to get into dramas about really messed-up families, but this has so much sympathy, so much empathy for each individual's flaws and pain, while, at the same time, being willing to show how messed-up each one actually is and how much they need help. It's *kind*.
Rated 06 Jun 2013
0
0th
I have a hard time understanding why anyone likes this movie. Please, please explain to me why anyone out there would watch this film for any sort of enjoyment. I can't even say that the acting is done well because everyone uses such a monotone voice throughout the film. I usually reserve a zero score for a movie that offends me greatly but in the case of the Royal Tenenbaums I just couldn't find a reason to award it a single point. Killing the beagle didn't score any points with me either.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
93rd
Wes Anderson hits the mark with this one. Gene Hackman steals the show in this one, and we get not only tolerable, but memorable performances out of Ben Stiller and the Wilson brothers...both of them! It must have been Christmas or something.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
95th
The closest to a Salinger movie I'll probably ever get to see.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
68
38th
This is Wes Anderson's best unfunny comedy about nothing.
Rated 05 May 2010
70
80th
undoubtedly anderson's best, but still not as good as it's hyped up to be. his obsession for set detail and colors is admirable, and his camerawork is masterful, but the story is always too disjointed. He relies too heavily on music and nostalgia. it's too sober to be a comedy, too dry to be a drama, ends up being a surreal imitation of a quirky life that we never get to know. nevertheless, tenenbaums has character, it may have a forgettable story, but it's a notable movie.
Rated 13 Aug 2011
70
69th
Decadence, mon amour.
Rated 22 Jun 2014
38
26th
An extremely colorful mosaic filled with dull characters and bundled in a vapid narrative. Tenenbaums only stimulating aspects were the vivid photography, and the Royal/Pagoda duo. Otherwise, this film is a profusion of pretension and tediousness. Often pitched to me as the Holy Grail of modern cinema, created by God himself. For the entire duration of the film I felt much like Jesus on the cross in Golgotha. An overrated, endlessly talked about film wrapped in plaid paper and Van's shoelaces.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
15
5th
The people are too self involved, the movie is too self involved. I wasn't interested in the characters at all, no connection.
Rated 24 Jan 2017
87
77th
Wes Anderson is wonderfully weird. He puts his own twist on family drama here and he does it well. He retains that weirdness about characters without sacrificing how relatable they are. Luke Wilson is likewise great here.
Rated 19 Apr 2020
80
80th
Richie: "Of course it's dark, it's a suicide note."
Rated 03 Nov 2014
85
95th
I love the pacing and long spaces in this story. The simplest sentence has the weight of years behind it. Review weighted by personal relevance, as tales of genius families ground down into mediocrity are of particular interest.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
50th
Too wrapped up in its idiosyncracies to be great, but an original breath of fresh air otherwise.
Rated 29 Nov 2006
95
94th
Family's great fodder for good comedy, and Wes Anderson takes total advantage of that. I loved every second of it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
62nd
Great moments, but something didn't quite work for me with this one. Another viewing may be required.
Rated 31 Oct 2008
100
71st
I LOVE THIS FILM
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
89th
Fascinatingly involving account of a brilliant, quirky family. I love the underplayed downbeats. Angelica Houston has one of the best movie moments of all time -- going from disdain to weeping pity and sadness to fury in less than four minutes.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
99th
An original and emotionally involving tale with a superb ensemble cast. Set in the same vein as all Wes Anderson/Owen Wilson movies, Royal Tenenbaums is quirky and intelligent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
86th
It really drags when it centers on Luke or Gwyneth, but it's gold when Hackman's on screen. And it bugs me that Pagoda doesn't appear on the cover. He's part of the family too, especially if Glover/Murray/Owen/Buckley appear.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
96th
pretty close to perfect!!!!
Rated 17 Apr 2008
65
58th
It has cute moments here and there, but as Wilson participated less in the writing, the humanity in Anderson's films was replaced by less sympathetic characters and a crueler sense of humor. I find I like this movie less and less as years go by.
Rated 24 Mar 2012
70
53rd
tüm karakterler abartılı bir şekilde karikatürize. drama-komedi dengesi bozuk. "ne güldürür, ne aglatır" cinsinden. sevimsiz, itici bi film. ya da wes anderson'la alenktrigimiz tutmadı galiba bizim; ondan oldu böyle.
Rated 15 Nov 2008
15
14th
Yawn...ewww...yawn
Rated 14 Aug 2007
3
1st
One of the most painful movie experiences of my life. It's amazing to me that Jerry Stiller can be so funny, when his son is a no talent hack. Add in the Wilson brothers and a poor script and you have a recipe for disaster.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
91st
Each time I see this movie, I'm surprised all over again with how much I really love it. It's really touching, in unexpected ways, and the acting is quite fine. It's just a delight from beginning to end.
Rated 13 Jun 2007
0
2nd
I tried to watch it a couple of times and fell asleep each time, 0.
Rated 25 Apr 2018
91
79th
I really didn't get it the first time I saw it. And watching it again, I found it very powerful, wistful, moving and happy, in a very sad, existential malaise way. Did not expect Luke Wilson's performance to sort of break me. BRB, going to find my cigarettes in all of their hiding places.
Rated 24 Sep 2012
90
92nd
This is mise en scène class. 100, 101, 102A-C and 106 (the seminar) because good god. I was all ready to hate this for some reason(maybe the recent failure of Mr Fox, the furry?) but it absolutely blew me away. Would have come closer to 100 if there was no Alec Baldwin, honestly. Get somebody with talent to narrate
Rated 26 Jan 2010
30
7th
Too clever. Unrelatable characters.
Rated 30 May 2007
9
93rd
My favorite from Wes Anderson. This has a near perfect mix of great acting, writing, directing and music use. The Richie suicide scene is one of my favorite scenes of all time.
Rated 22 May 2009
85
89th
Hilarious, the one film that made me seriously think about what I was going to put on my epitaph
Rated 20 May 2020
95
98th
When I first watched this as a kid every single character was burned into my memory forever. The coolest film.
Rated 08 Oct 2010
75
10th
Overrated hokum saved by great performances by Hackman and Murray. Stiller and the Wilson brothers seem to be channeling stock characters from their other so-called comedies.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
55
49th
Not bad
Rated 01 Mar 2007
0
1st
pretentious and over-rated!
Rated 07 Jul 2007
10
0th
Dry, lifeless, pointless. It's never funny and is, at best, weird. This has got to be the worst comedy I have ever seen. Yes, it's as bad as Joe Dirt!
Rated 10 Mar 2010
98
93rd
Anderson at the top of his game. The cast is immaculately handled, with everybody giving impeccable performances. The film is a subtle, rare comedic yet compelling drama. The screenplay, co-written by Owen Wilson and Anderson, is brilliant.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
An all-star cast, wonderful cinematography, and a very charming plot make this the best Wes Anderson film to date, as well as one of my all-time favorite comedies.
Rated 08 Nov 2007
92
95th
For me the best Anderson movie. Subtle sorrow greatly acted.
Rated 26 Dec 2009
95
98th
This used to be my favorite movie lol
Rated 24 Jun 2014
94
95th
Terrific characters who all feel unique, despite Anderson's penchant for quirky dialogue and deadpan delivery. Hackman's performance in particular is entertaining and heart-felt. There are tons of relatable moments for anyone who has experienced the asbsence of a parent and scene after memorable scene smothered with emotional content. Anderson perfected his filming style here and showcases why he's a master behind the camera with brilliantly framed images. Soundtrack packs a punch too.
Rated 09 Jun 2007
100
97th
Everything just fits together so well: the scripts, the characters, the house. It is the only movie that I like Gwenyth Paltrow in, incidentally.
Rated 15 Apr 2010
52
20th
This movie by Wes Anderson seemed incredibly pointless. It was quirky and odd which is this directors style, but I found that it had no real merit, especially considering the blockbuster cast. Nice art direction however.
Rated 28 Dec 2014
75
74th
My favourite Anderson movie.
Rated 08 Feb 2007
45
2nd
I did not like this Movie...While watching I deicded to turn it off... It just made me want to fall asleep..
Rated 23 Sep 2007
97
99th
I can watch this over and over again, enjoy it every time and I still don't really know why. "I've had a good run." - Royal. Gene Hackman is legendary.
Rated 22 Jul 2012
50
41st
Didn't work for me.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
100
86th
Wes Anderson is a genius artist. This is the most perfectly paced movie I have ever seen, which just the right amount of sarcasm & wit that makes repeat viewings so enjoyable, you want to watch it all the time. The music is to DIE for, Mark Mothersbaugh knows what he's doing to compliment the movie superbly. All of the actors became my favorite characters, with all of their flaws & problems that are prominent in every Anderson film. This is the first one I saw of his work & I immediately went o
Rated 14 Jun 2008
30
6th
Not funny, Really boring imo
Rated 17 Jan 2011
69
7th
Not really that good.
Rated 09 Nov 2022
1
3rd
I don't get Wes Anderson.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
78th
Excellenintelligent comedy with a standout cast
Rated 02 Jul 2009
85
81st
Odd but sweet and funny; The jokes though are fairly high class and may go over the heads of audience members. It also features a great ensemble cast.
Rated 09 Sep 2022
40
7th
At best mildy amusing, at worst emotionally stagnant. The elevation of deadpan quirkiness and meticulous visuals undermines any attempt to draw a reaction. I don't know how to care or feel for characters that are so alien in their delivery; wit is intended but often far too dry and static for me to let anything bubble forth. Inappropriate delivery is compensated for by music that's either twee or nostalgic; a cheap and obnoxious trick for manipulating emotions when writing doesn't cut it.
Rated 11 Jan 2009
96
98th
Precision, finesse, and humanity - all in equal measures. None of his other work will ever quite match it (other than FMF, in its own unique way).
Rated 02 Sep 2015
90
70th
My favorite Wes Anderson film, Royal Tenenbaums is Anderson at a place between psuedo-realism (well, the individual characters could, in all possibilities, be real) and his hyper-stylized films that have followed. I'm sure that anyone who watches this movie can glimpse at least a bit of themselves in one of the characters.
Rated 22 Oct 2009
80
81st
2nd viewing: I was wrong again. This is one of the better casted films I ever saw. I just love the acting here: Hackman, Murray, Huston, even Stiller. I admire how Anderson focuses on the details in this film. Every shot is genuinely beautiful. He created a completely new style of comedy. Great narration by Baldwin and a truly perfect use of Nico's "These Days".
Rated 16 Sep 2007
90
80th
Wacky shit, very funny!
Rated 25 Aug 2018
65
42nd
Might be a bit too ambitious at this point in his career. Feels like something he'd make to change it up after a decade in the same niche. I dunno
Rated 09 Nov 2011
70
57th
"The Royal Tenenbaums" is a mostly successful oddball comedy: it's wry, witty, whimsical and bittersweet, as it should. Anderson's sharp visual style, a pointed script with many smart ideas and a truly impressive cast are the strengths of this enjoyable and moderately endearing if otherwise unremarkable oddity that has neither the brilliance nor the tenderness of the Coen brothers' finest works in order to be fully satisfying.
Rated 04 May 2014
75
67th
I don't think I enjoyed this one as most as others, but it was still a very Wes Anderson film and that's hard not to enjoy. My only complaint is it didn't have as much of the quirky comedy that I hoped would be in it. To be fair that's not a strike against the film, it was just something I was hoping for (It's still there, just not as much of it). Not sure really how to feel, maybe I'll have to watch it again down the road.
Rated 27 Apr 2014
85
98th
2. Wes Anderson's magnum opus. Everything the filmmaker did before that was leading to it, everything that followed was a lesser film. Elaborate sets (even for 2-sec segments), meticulous attention to details, wonderful script where everything ties in together neatly and a superb character creation; Anderson has poured his full heart into this. Also, one of the most fantastical sequences of the 2000s, with an eerie but spot-on use of an Elliott Smith song. Great film.
Rated 05 Jul 2020
90
95th
A genuinely sad but at the same time uplifting story of personal and familial loss. The dysfunctional family trope is given new life here by Anderson. All the performances by the members of the ensemble cast are well suited to realising Anderson's vision, but it is Hackman as the patriarch that steals the show; he's both enraging and endearing.
Rated 19 Nov 2012
88
61st
Relatively human for Anderson. The acting is delightful (apart from Paltrow) and the script is charming.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
89
72nd
The odd sensibility still draws me in, but I always feel as if there's something missing.

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