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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 182 Ratings

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  1. Sep 1, 2014
    6
    Although not as exciting as its precursor short film, Hotel Chevalier. Darjeeling is an adventure through India and through the minds of three of the most peculiar brothers.
  2. Jul 11, 2014
    8
    This is undeniably typical Wes Anderson fare and completely reminiscent of The Royal Tenenbaums in terms of story and mood. Though, I think I like this one a bit more than 'Tenenbaums', though the other is quite good as well. Here, we see three brothers journey through India trying to reunite after being apart for far too long. The laughs are not many, but there are certainly enough to call this one a comedy and the drama elements work very well here. Wes Anderson's direction is brilliant as usual and the cinematography fantastic. The three leads, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Owen Wilson, all turn in good performances and do a great job making themselves feel "real" and the relationships authentic. Ultimately, this one is charming, touching film about family and the things that drive us away from one another and then the things that bring us back together. Overall, a good film that may not be one of Anderson's best works, but certainly fits very well in his filmography. Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2013
    10
    My favorite movie ever, just perfect. It's hard to explain why it's so good, to somebody who hasn't seen it. Every man, woman and child in the world should watch it at least 10 000 times...
  4. Aug 5, 2013
    9
    In The Darjeeling Limited writer/director Wes Anderson takes his talent for long, uncomfortable silences and shoves it into a series of extreme close-ups by shooting a large portion of his film on a cramped, moving train. It starts with a brilliantly sequenced slow motion nod to his fans, in an opening cameo where Anderson regular Bill Murray chases down and barely misses the train that starts the film’s journey, only to be replaced on board by the much more fleet of foot Anderson newcomer Adrien Brody. The train is the Darjeeling Limited, part of a cross country railway in India. Brody plays Peter and he’s just leaped on board at the last minute in order to meet up with his two brothers. They’re on a vacation planned by oldest brother Francis (Owen Wilson) who, after the death of their father a year ago, wants to use the trip as a spiritual journey that will reconnect the three of them or, at the least, help them figure out a way to get along with one another. Peter is hesitant but willing to give it a try. Youngest brother Jack’s (Jason Schwartzman) head is somewhere else entirely, having just left behind an on again off again girlfriend who all three seem to agree is just no good for him. The girlfriend is played by Natalie Portman, who really has nothing to with the movie but appears in a short film called Hotel Chevalier shown before Darjeeling at film festivals. The short is a sensual piece of work, Anderson’s first real attempt at eroticism. It’s ten minutes of awkward meetings and sexual preludes followed by the stripping of Portman by Schwartzman’s character and then some naked cuddling. It sets up the character of Jack nicely, so it’s unfortunate that it won’t be seen in theaters when Darjeeling is finally released. Instead Fox has announced that they’re using Chevalier as some sort of awful, viral marketing scheme. They won’t show it before the movie, but they feel it’s essential to the movie so they’re making it available online and recommending everyone go to their website and watch it. I guess they’re hoping Portman’s partial nudity in the short will generate online ad revenues or drum up interest in the larger film, but if they really believe it’s important to Darjeeling well then you have to wonder why it’s not being included with its theatrical release. Maybe they’ll change their mind. Darjeeling is full of fantastic individual moments and more than a few full throated laughs. Wilson, Brody, and Schwartzman give great, intentionally understated performances. Owen and Jason are used to working with Anderson and know almost instinctively what he wants while Adrien Brody slides right into Wes’s signature style almost as if he’s been in all of his movies somewhere and we’ve somehow overlooked him. Still, I can't quite shake the feeling that what the movie really needed was for Bill Murray to catch that train. Anderson's talent has always been in finding humor and heart by turning the weird into the mundane and the mundane into the weird. He does it again in Darjeeling, but the film strikes a more muted pose than his previous efforts and doesn't entirely fit together. Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2013
    6
    While the cast is very good, the screenplay including all these hilarious running gags is great and the Indian setting is amiable, the meaning of this 2007 road movie falls by the wayside. After the jump-off-the-train scene, the audience is just as the lead characters: confused. Not even the ending is fulfilling and therefore, The Darjeeling Limited is nothing more than a weird Asia trip that isn't able to build an enjoyable ensemble on its many enjoyable moments. Expand
  6. Jan 2, 2013
    8
    The Darjeeling Limited might be the best way to test how much you really like Anderson. The story gets lost along with the titular train and never really comes back, it's moral is delivered in an almost embarrassingly literal scene, the cameos (Murray, Portman) are entirely unnecessary, and the cooler-than-your-playlist soundtrack seems designed to make you buy a book on Indian film music. But if you love Anderson unmistakable style, you'll gladly hop on the train along with the three fantastic main actors, content to let the director take you wherever he wishes. It's a warm, laid-back, colorful experience, essentially comfort food for a particular type of moviegoer. If "Anderson being Anderson" sounds good to you, you won't be disappointed. Collapse
  7. Jul 9, 2012
    8
    Although The Darjeeling Limited is one of Wes Anderson's weaker movies, it still offers up a delightful journey. Rich with local color and Anderson's trademark lightness, The Darjeeling Limited has both the gentle laughs and catharsis of his previous works. It might not pack as powerful a punch as Rushmore or have the same level of insanity as The Life Aquatic, but it's still an excellent film.
  8. Jan 27, 2012
    10
    When three brothers reunite on a train traveling across India after a year of silence between them the result is this quirky, dry comedy. Starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman this film is Director, Wes Anderson's finest. This is saying something, as Anderson is one of the finest filmmakers of this generation. This movie made me want to go on a train ride across India with my brothers. Expand
  9. Sep 2, 2011
    9
    This movie was really funny and the three leads all delivered stellar performances. This movie was also pretty touching. Way more than it should have been
  10. Aug 25, 2011
    6
    It's sterile, slow-moving, and does like to remind you of how much it loves itself. But it is also a large step forward for Wes Anderson. It is a film of maturity, deeper ideas, richer symbolism, more carefully tailored performances, and above all else, genuine emotion.
  11. Jan 31, 2011
    9
    There is a time and a place for great movies, and this has to be one of them, it's thought provoking and sometimes funny, i admit sometimes the film maybe slightly lacking in action, but it makes you think and that's the main point of the film
  12. Nov 2, 2010
    7
    It's nice to see these actors do such a great job in this movie. Some of the actors you would not consider them fit for the roles they play but they do a great job and the end result is a great story and a great experience portrayed masterfully by a great cast and a director that keeps on creating great films.
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. This is familiar psychological as well as stylistic territory for Anderson after "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." But there's a startling new maturity in Darjeeling, a compassion for the larger world that busts the confines of the filmmaker's miniaturist instincts.
  2. 38
    A slow train to Dullsville that makes all local stops. You know a film is in trouble if the most interesting thing in it is the luggage.
  3. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    70
    Inventively staged picture should satisfy the upscale, youth and cult auds Anderson has developed, though it's unlikely to draw significantly better than his earlier work.