Royal Tenenbaums

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  • The Magnificent Tenenbaums

    Jan 15, 2002 by pmills1210 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful balance of comedy and drama
    Cons: May be too quirky to some

    Summary: Seldom have I seen a comedy with the underlying current of sadness found in Wes Anderson’s latest film, “The Royal Tenenbaums.” The Tenenbaum family, brilliant as they may be, is emotionally dysfunctional. The Tenenbaum patriarch, Royal Tenenbaum (Gene ... read more

  • The Tenenbaums are Royally Estranged from the Patriarch of the Family...Is Redemption Possible?

    Jun 7, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The best dysfunctional family story, sweet and sour, executed perfectly    
    Cons: None

    Summary: Texas native Wes Anderson came onto the scene with his directorial debut, Bottle Rocket, in 1996, which introduced the world to a younger Owen Wilson (and Luke, for that matter). His next feature boosted his reputation and is still a cult classic ... read more

  • Proving that a dysfunctional family is any family with more than one member

    Feb 10, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent story line, very funny with the right mix of drama
    Cons: Not for everyone

    Summary: Wes Anderson is a very unique director. He has a excellent blend of comedy and drama that have a great flow while providing terrific characterization. He has made four films and I have yet to see his first two. His last two both do a fine job of ... read more

  • A visually pleasing view of dysfunction

    Jul 12, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Crisp screenplay and a great performance by Gene Hackman.
    Cons: A few loose ends that should probably be tied before the ending.

    Summary: The Royal Tenenbaums is one of those films with huge dysfunctional families coming together in turn of events. The film could have been a clichéd, Hollywood family holiday reunion with big names attached, but the cast is quite colorful, with actors we ... read more

  • I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum.

    Aug 26, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I hate this section.
    Cons: Really, why is it required!!??

    Summary: Actually, I saw this film quite by accident. I had been jogging 'round Sydney in a bid to avoid going home to my rapidly disintegrating relationship and decided to catch a movie as a time filler. Thus I found myself watching The Royal Tenenbaums in a ... read more

  • The Royal Tenenbaums – A Review

    May 26, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Actors, acting, Dalmatian mice
    Cons: Story, script, Eli Cash

    Summary: The first time I watched this film I wasn’t very impressed with it at all. Sure it had its funny moments, and I understood that it was quirky but it just didn’t sit right with me. Having watched it for a second time I think that maybe I was too ... read more

  • The Family Where Quirkiness Is King

    Apr 6, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Clever and packed with quirky fun, great goof on literary-style novels
    Cons: The central conceit wears a little thin, the ending is too neat

    Summary: Director Wes Anderson has made quite a name for himself: opens with the critically-acclaimed Bottle Rocket (which I haven't seen), follows with the bigger budget Rushmore, and manages to stay quirky and creative, while retaining a sense of ... read more

  • The Royal Tenenbaums, Storybook Perfection

    Mar 24, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ...basically a perfect movie.
    Cons: Suicide scenes are never too fun to watch.

    Summary: I’d like to compare Wes Anderson to Alfred Hitchcock. One of the problems I think people have when they watch an Alfred Hitchcock movie is they go into it thinking that they are going to see a horror movie, or at least a movie filled with suspense. ... read more

  • The Royal Tenenbaums hunt the white whale

    Dec 18, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A strong, sad film. Well-acted, well conceived, well executed.
    Cons: characters not completely rounded out.

    Summary: Call them Ishmael. It should be noted early in "The Royal Tenenbaums" that, like the seafaring school teacher in Moby Dick, fallen tennis prodigy Richie Tenenbaum retreats to a shipboard life after growing worn by the world. In Wes Anderson’s ... read more

  • Shining example of dry wit

    Oct 27, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: most of cast, the dry wit, the music
    Cons: if I HAD to pick, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Summary: I would like to think that I have an open mind about movies, but upon seeing the commercials for "The Royal Tenenbaums" I had no interest in seeing it. Months went by and a dear friend of mine had mentioned that she had watched it and thought it was one o ... read more

  • "At a quaint little website called Epinions there was a review..."

    Jul 6, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent mix of drama and the faintest of comedy.
    Cons: I wish it were longer!

    Summary: Even though this film is in my eyes absolutely flawless, most others will concur by some may disagre ... read more

  • Grand Royal

    May 28, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I have to say this: Everything.
    Cons: I don't know. I don't think there's anything wrong with this one.

    Summary: I entered the movie realm with expectations never short of surprising or indifferent. The smell of the chairs and the curtains and drapes and of course the popcorn brought immediate feelings (through various sniffer sensibilities) and great, ... read more

  • A Royally Good Time

    Apr 14, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A relief to know that there are still movies that provoke the mind.
    Cons: A little confusing for some, but definitely not all

    Summary: The Royal Tenenbaums, Directed by Wes Anderson and written by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson is a black comedy that dares to explore the failures of life and the real emotions not usually glorified on film. A movie where all aspects, acting, directing, ... read more

  • What is it I am not understanding?

    Dec 4, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good cast
    Cons: Boring, annoying, pointless

    Summary: I know 'The Royal Tenenbaums' has been highly acclaimed by critics and most of the previous reviewers but I am afraid that I do not understand what all the praise is about. I wanted to like this film and from the preview and the reviews it seemed ... read more

  • The Royal Tenenbaums: a dysfunctional family and film that tries too hard.

    Nov 19, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting setup, characters that have plenty of potential, but it falls apart quickly enough.
    Cons: A film that tries to be too clever.

    Summary: I really wanted to like this movie. Now that I've managed to say that, I'm going to toss in a caveat. It's a film that could have been a great film, but for one thing. The main character is such a louse and loser that any bit of ... read more

  • Dysfunctional, disinteresting

    Oct 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Gene Hackman, Gwenyth Paltrow, the soundtrack
    Cons: The rest of it.

    Summary: Owen Wilson wrote a movie once called "Bottle Rocket". It starred himself, his brother, Luke, and some other guy as friends who decide to become thieves. They train for their crimes and decide to start out small. So they rob a public library of, like, ... read more

  • Flush it, please!!

    Sep 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Famous Cast
    Cons: Misleading preview, boring, sad, dumb, etc...

    Summary: I can not believe such a cast could create such a dud. This is one of the least interesting movies I have ever seen. It is depressing and then gets worse. The few bright spots were only bright by comparison to the sluggish pace lifelessness of the ... read more

  • Good Movie

    Aug 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun plot, interesting characters, intelligent movie
    Cons: Movie could be shorter

    Summary: The Royal Tenenbaums is another intelligent movie from Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, the writers of Rushmore and Bottle Rockets. This movie has an intelligent and humorous story about a family of eccentric geniuses who have fallen upon hard times. The ... read more

  • Tenenbaums Royally Bombed Overall

    Aug 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A+ Cast, Lovely & unique sets, A somewhat unexpected ending
    Cons: A choppy, classic cinema style which cuts the story up; an irritating choice of costumes.

    Summary: Ok, so maybe I'm not from the "Old School" of movies, and can't appreciate good ole classic style. But come on, if I see a cast like the one in this movie (Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelica Huston, Bill Murray, Owen & Luke Wilson, Ben ... read more

  • Wes Anderson's -The Royal Tenenbaums-2001-They Peaked Early

    Aug 16, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Hackman, Huston, Stiller and the Wilson Boys
    Cons: Margot's affect, and the priest falls down the stairs scene

    Summary: This has got to be one of the strangest comedies I’ve seen in the past few years. It is very funny, although decidedly odd. While all the characters in this flick have life created with brilliant brush strokes, like a series of snapshots that define ... read more

  • Finally high-brow humor

    Aug 15, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Brilliant character development, great cast, both Wilson brothers
    Cons: Slow if you aren't used to Wes Anderson films

    Summary: About me So this is really my 1st movie review since I have figured out this epinions thing. My favorite kinds of movies are either documentaries or true stories. After all , most true stories are better than fiction. Since this is hard to ... read more

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