Overall Rank: 812
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 395
Theatrical Release Date: 12/14/2001
Genre: Drama, Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Wes Anderson
Actors: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Anjelica Huston, Luke Wilson, Own Wilson
Plot: A distant family, including three child prodigies long forgotten, are brought together by patriarch Royal Tenenbaum who is hoping to mend past mistakes.
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Rod - wrote on 08/01/2015
This is a beautiful creation by Wes Anderson (plus the co-writer Owen Wilson). I think this is one of the best films Anderson has created. Witty and interesting! Plus, the cast made a good combo. Loved it!
FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 12/11/2012
An absolutely perfect film for this star studded cast. When I first sat down t watch this movie I was expecting the many top actors to chew through the scenery to live up to something more than the movie is. The directing by Anderson was perfect. I felt like these great actors were humble in their performances, leading to a genuine film of love, anguish, despair, and hilarity. I am shocked that this movie has under 3 stars. I thought it was beautifully written, directed, and executed. A must-watch for everybody.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 04/13/2012
This is one of Wes Anderson's best films, a tragic portrayal of a family falling apart at the seams. The film finds its truth and comfort in dark comedy and the film's subtly funny moments work because they are buried in real human emotion. This is the closest Anderson's awkward, observational style gets to truly probing rich and relatable characters and it works beautifully.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 03/25/2017
A deadbeat dad who lost touch with his extended family after separating with their mother tries to insinuate himself back into their lives after informing them that he is dying. The Royal Tenenbaums is typical of Wes Anderson's brand of offbeat character ensemble and shares all of his usual strengths and weaknesses. The array of characters are likeable enough thanks to a talented cast but despite this - like The Life Aquatic - it is very much a one man show. Gene Hackman is great fun as the amusingly selfish and tactless absentee father and whenever he is on screen, the film is very watchable; but that doesn't stop its own self-conscious and rather forced kookiness from making the story seem rather contrived and ultimately pointless. There are some amusing moments but little of any real …
memento_mori - wrote on 08/19/2013
I don't really know how to feel about The Royal Tenenbaums.
As the two people in the world who read my reviews know, I'm a Wes Anderson fan. I almost almost enjoy his deadpan humor and great direction, but once in a while comes a story of his that I'm not sure how to feel about.
This movie has qualities of his other movies. It has the quirkiness, great framing, great dialogue and what I enjoy most about Anderson.
So, what's its fatal flaw?: It's messy.
Somewhere in the middle of the movie, it breaks in two. It feels like another movie with parts of the first half cut in.
The way this movie is structured makes me question what kind of movie it is exactly trying to be. It is overwhelming how poor the editing and interludes to other scenes are. I never understood what this movie …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/10/2011
The story of the Tenenbaum family: Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) a lawyer who was cold to his children and did not provide adequate love; Etheline Tenenbaum (Anjelica Huston) the wife who discovers love with her accountant; Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow) is the promiscuous adopted daughter married to Raleigh St. Clair (Bill Murray), a neurologist; the financial genius Chas Tenenbaum (Ben Stiller) sued and had his father disbarred and Richie Tenenbaum (Luke Wilson) the tennis wunderkind. Henry Sherman (Danny Glover) falls for Etheline and exposes the real intent of Royal. The author and family friend Eli Cash (Owen Wilson) had an affair with Margot and has a drug addiction.
Script was impressive with engmatic lines: Royal – “Look, I know I'm gonna be the bad guy on this one. …
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