The Royal Tenenbaums Synopsis
An errant father tries to reconcile with his eccentric and underachieving family in New York.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
You'll laugh, you'll cry -- the year's best movie.
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Anderson offers no phony uplift for the Tenenbaums or for audiences. But he does know how to take a sad song and make it better. In these...
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The performances are all terrific, but Gene Hackman is close to a career best as the family patriarch Royal, the most useless man you can't...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums is a movie about how people never really...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
More flat-out funny than "Rushmore," but in neither film is the humor joke-based. What you're laughing at is the behavior of characters who...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Exists on a knife edge between comedy and sadness. There are big laughs, and then quiet moments when we're touched.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Might have been about the rise and fall of a family of gifted children. That would have been the typical way to approach the story....
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
There are laughs in it. But mostly you sit around waiting for it to be funnier, or at least funny more often. The problem is that it hasn't...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film grows on you, but more substance and less calculated quirks would have been a royal treat.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Absurdist, but also condescending and self-infatuated; The Royal Tenenbaums is at least three times too clever for its own good.
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Rated R | For Nudity, Drug Content, Sexuality and Some Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 15 & under Quirky extended-family story with dry adult humor.
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