The Royal Tenenbaums Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 856

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 405

Theatrical Release Date: 12/14/2001

Language: English

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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Indyfreak - wrote on 12/07/2022

Typically strange like other Wes Anderson movies. But somehow remains a sweet ensemble comedy.

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/10/2019

It's award worthy screenplay and well developed plot and characters makes this Wes Anderson's best film.

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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!

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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 …


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A lukewarm take on a very confusing family.

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 …

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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 …

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