|Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: December 14, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Along with his writing partner, actor Owen Wilson, who also plays (hilariously) a supporting role in the film, Anderson reveals himself to be a highly original comic talent, impressive both for his strongly controlled deadpan style and for providing a sense of emotional heft lacking in most mainstream film comedies. Read full review
Once you're among them, the Tenenbaums -- and Anderson -- cast quite a spell.
Spend an eveing with some of Edward Gorey's writings and drawings, rub against the velvet of his lugubrious wit, and you will be ready for Royal and the clan. [17 Dec 2001, p. 97]
For Hackman embodies the energy and outrage the rest of this rather twee family lacks. Royal stirs them all to life, and this great, bumptious performance by an actor gleefully rediscovering his funny bone stirs us to appreciative life too.
Isn't nearly the landmark comedy it thinks it is, but its quirkiness should appeal to the highbrow funny bone in all of us.
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 figured out a way to be funny while satisfyingly accommodating the pain in these characters.
In the antic, melancholy comedy The Royal Tenenbaums, the singular Wes Anderson (Rushmore) abandons his native Texas for a storybook vision of New York.
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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