The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums Summary and Synopsis

Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston), had three children -- Chas, Margot, and Richie -- and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. Touchstone Home Entertainment is proud to present Wes Anderson's hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption. Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. "The Royal Tenenbaums" is the story of the family's sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter. The Royal Tenenbaums Wiki

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- ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’3 star

Wes Anderson has such a unique directing style. He loves symmetry and even shots, and when you see that you know it’s him. ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ is something you expect from Anderson; similar to ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, though ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ isn’t his best work. An emotional rollercoaster for sure, and, of course, very well done, but slow and not ENOUGH excitement for my taste. I would definitely view it again, but not Anderson’s best work of art.

- Amazing5 star

It's probably one of the best movies I've watched, I just loved it.

- Kink1 star

Not worth reviewing, really. Overly precious, obvious and not funny “inside jokes”. Altogether a big yawn in spite of good cast.

- Adored it.5 star

Brilliant movie, highly recommended.

- honestly5 star

so deeply funny and insanely interesting this movie is a classic and will forever be a great watch!32 thumbs up

- Sinking Battleships5 star

This is one of the best films ever! All families at one time or another need to be saved from a sinking battleship. Well worth your time.

- What?1 star

I think the director was hitting the pipe on this one, vary bad.

- Royal Entertainment5 star

I loved this movie! While this movie is not for everybody.... it has heart!!!! Great performances from all!!

- Boring...1 star

This was really boring and not funny at all. I gave up watching it half way through. The "jokes" were contrived and the humor, such as there was, was forced. The actors seemed to be bored as well, or not enjoying it.

- Sh_t sandwhich without the bread1 star

This film is for artsy deviants. This is not comedy...it's just weird.

- Absolutely brilliant & hysterical movie5 star

This is a truly wonderful and amazing film. Buy or rent… just see it.

- Favorite movie of all time.5 star

It has been 7 years since I've first seen this movie and i must say, it truly is still my favorite movie of all time. If you're a fan of dry humor please give this a chance. I only ask that you walk into this movie without expectations so you may fully enjoy what it has to offer.

- Closed Caption got problem5 star

The closed caption of this movie is not sync with the audio, please fix it, really annoying.

- Awesome movie5 star

Wes Anderson is a genius. Every movie he makes his amazing. This one is no exception. Love it!!!!!

- One of the greatest films ever made5 star

This gem epitomizes what great comedy can really achieve as far as themes of redemption and healing of the soul are concerned. Set in a blissful, comfy, wintertime version of NYC, this is the fable of three fallen geniuses and their brilliant, feckless, con artist of a father and their steps towards a possible grace. Gene Hackman is brilliant as the jaw droppingly obnoxious yet charming con artist patriarch of the Tenenbaum clan. All performers involved give truly superb, heartfelt performances...especially Danny Glover and Anjelica Houston. Still has not dated a single day since its original release 10 years ago.

- Agonizing1 star

Expectation is the root of all suffering. I was expecting comedy, and I suffered greatly as a result. After 45 minutes without even a snort I had to stop watching. What an enormous waste of acting talent.

- A Familial Masterpiece5 star

The fact that this film only got a 80% on Rotten Tomatoes is shocking. The Royal Tenenbaums is a film that I have loved since childhood and yet still remains one of my favorite films. This, I believe, is Anderson's masterpiece, more than Rushmore, Darjeeling, or Life Aquatic. The film dwells with the subject of family, and captures all of its disfunctions and beauties.It may be appalling and exaggerated at moments, but only in Andersons not-quite-real fantasy realm. I highly recommend to anyone who has not seen this film to watch it.

- Why no Rushmore?4 star

Rushmore, please

- "fascinating! how odd. how bizarre."5 star

number 2 all time fav, right behind rushmore.

- To my dearest Margot,5 star

You are one of the best characters ever to grace film.

- genious5 star

One of my favorite movies by one onf my favorite directors. Wes Anderson makes works of art with his color schemes.

- NICE JOB WES4 star

I'll admit I didn't get the full point of the movie till the end, but at the end I was able to truly appreciate it for a good movie.

- One of the best5 star

Classic movie

- Overrated1 star

Painfully slow and dull story line. Lethargic acting by an otherwise brilliant cast.

- Perfect!!4 star

I love this movie! So many stars. You could watch it again and again.

- Great5 star

This is a great movie. If you've never seen a Wes Anderson film before, they're a little different, but once you get used to his style you'll be hooked, and this is his best. The best scene is when Margot gets off if the bus with the Nico song in the background. I couldn't get it out of my head for a week.

- Quirky and Wonderful5 star

What makes this movie great is the strange but simple characters. I wouldn't say it's normal plot, but it's not outlandish at all. If you don't have an imagination then you might not like this movie. But I personally loved it as well as many others!

- Amazing story!5 star

A twisting well developed story line with incredibly created characters. Trust me you'll enjoy it.

- WATCH.5 star

All you need to know. Anderson is a genius.

- Wes Anderson is a Genius!5 star

This is simple - If you think Old School, Ricky Bobby, and Step Brothers are gems of Comedy you will hate this movie. If you are a fan of the cinema, great storytelling, and great acting you will love this movie. It's not for everyone, but that's a good thing.

- Soundtrack?5 star

Obviously this movie is a classic, just read the other reviews. I'm not here to reiterate he laud for this film. Instead I have a questions for iTunes/fans: Is the equally impressive soundtrack available anywhere in the iStore? Thanks

- Love it. Love it. Love it.5 star

I love this movie!!!! Hilarity (yes I meant to type that) at it's best. :)

- Brilliant!5 star

My favorite Wes Anderson film. Gene Hackman is hilarious and amazing. If you have not seen this, it is definetly worth checking out. Simply amazing

- the perfect alignment of ridiculous and sublime5 star

this movie is a gorgeous gem and ultimately more than the sum of its eccentric parts. it's profound and yet profoundly funny. a lot of film critics have given a particular nod to gene hackman's performance but i'm hard pressed to find a single member in this ensemble cast who didn't do an amazing piece of work. even the often irritating gwyneth paltrow finds herself perfectly cast here. but what really won me over is wes anderson's aesthetic sense (the surreal tenenbaum house is a character in itself and at every turn there's another delightfully odd visual surprise). while the film hinges on its playful eccentricity, what ultimately makes it such a work of genius is the way it uses the oddity to strike some genuinely real emotional notes.

- GREAT5 star

This is still one of my favorite movies. It is wonderful, Wes Anderson is a genius

- Awesome5 star

Just great!!!

- HAHAHAHA!5 star

Best. Family Crisis. Movie. Ever

- Overrated crap1 star

No idea what anyone sees in this movie. Its ungodly dull, the characters are all completely pathetic and the plot is just this meandering, pseudo-profound study in disfunction. Lots of people must have rated it highly because that's what the cool kids are doing. I wouldn't watch this again if you paid me.

- You need to watch this NOW!5 star

This is by far my favorite movie of all time, and it has been my favorite for a very long time. With a cast that consists of Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Houston, Danny Glover, Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin..... How can the movie possibly be bad!? Keep in mind that this is a very dry dark/black comedy, and if you don't enjoy this kind of humor then you probably won't enjoy this. On the other hand... if you don't enjoy this type of humor then you really don't have any concept of what's GOOD and what's not.

- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder5 star

I love this movie. One of my top 3 movies of all time. That said, if you have not seen this movie, I would recommend renting it. A lot of people see "comedy" and think they're buying another Zoolander, or Anchorman, specifically after reading the cast list. However, you should know that this as with all of Wes Anderson's films is generally darker and more subtle comedy. I wouldn't argue with someone who said they didn't find it funny and had no desire to see it again. However, nothing infuriates me more than people making blanket statements and saying that it's an awful film and Wes Anderson is horrible and so on. He has an amazingly creative mind and is a brilliantly original director. I guess I'm just saying that don't look at the cast list, and notice that this movie has an overall 4 1/2 star rating and buy it. 98% of you will most likely fall in love with it. 2% of you will hate it and want to strangle the people who wrote possitive reviews.

- ?4 star

The Royal Tenenbaums is alright but the Darjeeling limited is way better, why is it not on itunes?

- Horrible!1 star

Wow this bored the hell out of me. Wouldnt suggest it

- The Royal Tenenbaums5 star

The best movie that Wes Anderson has made so far. Its a movie where you actually have to think which is rare these days. this is my all time favorite movie!

- What?5 star

I have know idea why you people are going on and on about a) Wes anderson directing style (which I like) and b) about how they were good actors but a bad movie. I though Anderson was able to make these actors act in a new yet not to strange ways (thats a good thing).I thought this movie was not dull, only a little bit creepy, funny, and all together very good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- not funny at all1 star

i hate these kind of movies, they have good actors in them but they are not funny at all. this is kinda like Burn After Reading, horrible story, you dont know what the hell is going on, and the only laugh you get is at the end when you realize how bad it was. but somehow both of those movies are successfull so who knows? maybe a majority of the people dont like good comedies.

- One of My personal Favorites...5 star

To me, this is one of my favorite films I have ever seen... And this is the mind of a thirteen year old child! Anyways, it was a very good dramedy and it had a very good plot. But I love the work of Wes Anderson. He makes very good films, and the storylines are heartwarming. I also love the cast of the film. Gene Hackman and Anjelica Houston are Academy Award winners, and their acting is superb in this. So in short, I want to say that this film is excellent. Most people might like it.

- With a strong cast, quirky but believable characters, and a soundtrack that meshes perfectly5 star

This film is a real gem. The characters are odd, but real. The dialog has a vitality lacking in many films these days. Gene Hackman is the shining core of this diamond, with a performance as good as any he has given in the past. His character is the bass note of this film, and all the action is triggered by his attempt to redeem his life. Probably the most believable part is that hackman's character discovers that he wants to turn his life away from his self centered past while in the process of pulling a scam. After that, the film starts to lighten. The music, mood, and even the lighting is brighter. The remarkable use of music in the film adds to the impact the film has on the viewer. On first viewing, the music is merely subtly engaging; by the third or fourth time watching the film you begin to realize that at moments the lyrics are in perfect sync to the actions occuring on the screen. As a comedy, it has its moments of hilarity, but is more at home with the wistful smile, with a slight tear. If your tastes run to "porky's" or other broad comedy, then this film is not for you. If you are a fan of the Cohen brother's work, then you will enjoy this film immensely.

- My Favorite Movie5 star

This is my favorite movie of all time. It is a piece of art. From the character dynamics to the look of each frame, this film is nothing short of fabulous.

- exceptional.5 star

I pity those that walked out of the theatre. truly, you missed out.

- woah.5 star

one of the best movies ever made. totally different and touching. harshly true. buy this movie and you will not regret it.

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modestmouse85 - Fan5 star

Fricking. Tastic.

AtlasJ - Once in awhile...5 star

Once in awhile a type of movie comes along that has a type of quality to it that makes it unique and lovable, this is one of those movies

McPete28 - One of my all time favourites!5 star

I think this is the best Wes Anderson movie to date. It's a funny, intelligent and thoughful comedy. I'd recommend it to anyone, especially people sick of the crude, foul languaged, mindless garbage that seems to pass as comedies now days.

Viajona - Smart and Entertaining5 star

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen... I never get tired of watching it... Totally worth it !!

denimjeans732 - wow....5 star

thts all i can say this movie is probably my favorite, it's cute, soft at times, hilarious, and the acting is awesome with a cast of some of the best actors. You won't be dissapointed it is amazingggg

Isabellakep - Stellastarkat5 star

One of the greatest movies of all time.. Doesn’t get much better than this..

JennyJ84 - Awful1 star

If I could give it no stars, I would. The great reviews and all-star cast made it promising but it just didn't deliver. It was incredibly strange and not in a good way.

DudeO83 - Incredible movie, disappointing service5 star

With no blurry of this film in Australia I was hoping iTunes would come to the rescue and provide us with an HD copy we could purchase… no such luck. Absolutely devastating that a film this well respected and amazing could be held back from public purchase. Please iTunes, rectify this.

GeorgeHC4 - Nothing short of life-changing5 star

In every way, this masterpiece excels; a witty, superbly clever, moving, shocking, romantic film that will satisfy all.

Tonita Sunrise - The Royal Tenenbaums4 star

This is a terrific movie! It's certainly not your ordinary run of the mill plot! Gene Hackman is superb, as usual.

Elle8888 - Absolutely fabulous!5 star

The Royal Tenebaums is a fantastic, ingeniously constructed film about this totally entertaining, canny and original family. It instantly grabbed a spot on my list of favourite movies, a few moments after it began. The cast, themes, set and storyline could not of been better formulated, and come together in a brilliantly superb way, creating a wonderful, artistic, enjoyable and unique film, that cannot be beaten! 10/10

Yowliebird - The Magnificent Tenebaums5 star

The term masterpiece if often over used, or under deserved, but this modern masterpiece is a fantastic piece of whimsy and dark introspection encased in a fluid structure that weaves throughout the film. The witty narrative allows the viewer to enjoy a theatrical style that plays out in a epic of family dysfunction amid conspicuous success. The tenet that happiness is more than things is borne out through the touchingly Shakespearean tragic figure of Royal, with his narcissistic character, downfall and eventual redemption as a father and reasonable human being. The strength of the ensemble cast, engaging soundtrack and skilful handling of dark relationship issues combine very well. One of my favourite movies, and made me a Wes Anderson convert.

J_marshall1967 - Awful1 star

I remember going to cinema to see this as trailer made it looked interesting. I was wrong it was two hours of my life i will never get back. Not funny in slightest was bored watching

Dior&gucciforever - Drags on a bit...3 star

...near the end, but is quite a good film, lots of good actors in it. Love Wilson brothers and Hackman

Alloneword49 - Mister3 star

Ben Stiller annoying as always, other wise enjoyable.

Maria the Italian - Fantastic film5 star

Best movie in a long while. The cast is fantastic and I love every bit of it!

Paul75 - AFC18861 star

Yes Definitely PANTS. Great actors, poor film.

The_Dr00 - Magical5 star

Amazing cast, superbly acted, all the classic Wes Anderson compositional ploys. If you don't like it, I'll give you your money back.

looloo77 - Different5 star

Thoroughly enjoyable and engaging. Funny in places and heart- warming.

sryds - I don't get whwats funny!1 star

pants!

El Coggo - Bags Of Charm5 star

This film oozes quality and has tons of depth, character and above all charm. . . but then would you expect anything less from an all star cast and a top director like Wes Anderson?

Chris_1987 - Pure Bordem1 star

Am I the only person who bought this, as a DVD it has to be said, expecting the sheer volume of quality cast members to produce something brilliant, only to find myself completly bored and let down. There is nothing funny about this film and it seems pieced together very poorly. It doesn't flow at all and should be avoided at all cost.

jimmy1986 - really bad2 star

although there were some funny parts in the film most of it was very plane and not what you expect from the comedy actors like Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson and ben stiller. overall a big let down

Paul Blakeman - One of The Best Black Comedies Around!5 star

It's quite simple, if you love black comedies you will love this film! Very dark and twisted but very, very great :)

DrGonzo187 - Tenenbaums a must see5 star

Has to be a film to see before u die. Once is all u need though, one to rent not buy. Great cast, brilliant story.

Tear79 - Anderson at his very best!5 star

One of my favourite films ever. Very funny, go check it out.

MattGCole - Yes Kellyklf...5 star

It is just you. Essentially the crux of your review was that this film was bad because it's appreciated by intelligent people. Well... I don't think that's true and is more a comment about yourself than the film. The Royal Tenenbaums is not to everyone's taste. It is however a genuinely funny, beautifully realised look at why over-achieving doesn't make you a better person and how comprehensively your parents can mess you up. Not just for the elite, just for those with relatives.

Roth Dog - Amazing Film5 star

The Royal Tenenbaums is a very touching movie about failure, family and regret. For Gene Hackman this is easily one of his best performances as both an actor and comedian, portraying a cunning and manipulative man who after a twisted plot realizes his love for his family and regret for his past. All of the cast are exceptional. From Luke Wilsons depressive character Richie to Bill Murrays awkward and heart broken Professor. Also Wes Andersons direction and cinematography are superb. If you love films that incorporate flawed characters and a plot that comes full circle then you'll love this movie.

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sosofunny - not very good1 star

In my opinion this was a pretty disappointing movie. I actually like the cast members in most other movies in which I have seen them, but this was a very slow, sad, boring movie. The previews don't seem to have given an accurate portrayal of what the actual movie was like.

ridesdeepsnow - Worth renting if you are a fan of the Cast2 star

The Royal Tenenbaums is yet another clone of Wes Anderson's familar films. Rushmore, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and The Darjeeling Limited are too much similar in too many ways becoming annoying. I have heard too many people quote one movie and think it was from another. Wes Anderson get too comfortable with casting and keeps them in his pocket to use like pocket change. When you keep casting the Wilson brothers, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Anjelica Huston you are going to have a certain level of success due to the starring cast alone. Personally I think Wes Anderson is a shallow director who has found a safe niche of popular modern films. Absolutley no creative juices running through his veins what-so-ever. But hey keep on pumping out those clones and making the money.

rebubla - Can't be beat.5 star

There is absolutely no doubt that this film will remain on my top ten for as long as I live. I first saw this about five years ago at my grandmother's house (she's a pretty hip grandma) and my entire family could not stop replaying it. I have seen it probably fifteen times over the years, and I still can't help but laugh out loud at all the funny parts. Besides humor, there's true emotion that relates us to the characters, and the struggling family relationships are so entertaining and brutal. I cringe at the relationship between Margot and her husband because of her nerve-racking independence. Seriously, yoiu can not miss out with this movie. Get it while it's this cheap, or YOU WILL regret it for as long as you live. If you liked The Best In Show or For Your Consideration, this movie has a similar feel and will never dissapoint. Everyone is sure to love it.

booger breath - What a shame5 star

Why can't I rent this fine film?

WhoaZhoa!! - Classical and refined, unique and refreshing.5 star

If you like the subtle and quiet humor, then this will have you cracking up a lot! Wes Anderson doesn't have the slapstick style that some have, but he has a more matured and intellectual sense of humor that needs to be recognized. If you liked Rushmore, you will like this. Classical and refined, unique and refreshing... a must have!

nogoldforguy - !5 star

great flick

stereotypicalasian - Wes Anderson...5 star

is definitely my favorite director. Second, would probably be Sofia Coppola, who is very talented, too. But what Wes Anderson did with this movie is absolutely amazing. It's my fourth favorite movie of all time (so far). I don't even know how to correctly describe the Royal Tenenbaums' infinite greatness. Everything about it is perfect to me. Everything. Acting. Directing. Set. Cinematography. Music. Script is epic, i guarantee you. The ensemble cast, including Gweneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Luke & Owen Wilson, Angelica Huston, & Gene Hackman, is very talented also. I must say, out of all of Wes Anderson's movies, (The life aquatic with steve zissou, rushmore, the darjeeling limited, the royal tenenbaums, & bottle rocket) this is the best by far. Buy it, you won't be disappointed. That is, in case you only enjoy films where people are constantly being blown up, shot, or thrown out of moving vehicles... that's the only case in which someone would not instantly fall in love with this movie.

Goofyviv - "Dem's The Rule"5 star

I absolutely love this movie!!!! The cast {From Gene Hackman, "POPS" to the spotted mouse} is great!!! The background music alone is something that I can watch over and over again!!!! Wes Anderson had the greatest movie plot in reference to these Dysfuntional families!!!!

The Alfonso - amazing, no questions asked.5 star

i love this movie from start to finish. its Wes Anderson's easiest movie to appreciate. it manages to tie many stories into one flawlessly, something that takes pure genius. there is outstanding acting, many humorous one-liner moments, a great soundtrack and excellent direction. definitely a cult classic.

Willllllllllllllllll - MOND MOND MOND5 star

the narrator was gene hackman!!

chrisgiraffe - One too many3 star

I'm a big fan of Wes Anderson and love every one of his films aside from this one. I didn't hate the film but I found it less focused than his other works. Even though all the characters and their stories are interrelated the movie shifts from one sub-story to the next leaving me wondering, 'who is this story about?'. Some would say it's about the whole family or Gene Hackman's fatherly character (a standout in the film) but I didn't quite come out with that viewpoint. Royal Tenenbaums has one of the greatest casts you could hope to assemble and Anderson has a knack for inventing interesting characters but I felt like they were all competing for the spotlight at the expense of a single cohesive storyline. Just my take.

TrueNerd22 - It's not for everyone.5 star

It is, however, the first film I mention when people ask what my favorite movie is. I must have watched it a dozen times and I'm still finding new things to laugh at or new details that make it even better. The acting is top notch (Hackman is on his GAME), every shot is beautiful and the story will make you weep. It's dry and seemingly slow and that will put some off, but come at it with an open mind. You'll be in for a treat.

topher_22 - ugh1 star

this movie creeps me out. its so weird, and hardly funny

5colorcowboy - Extraordinary and endearing film5 star

This movie, is as close to perfection as one could hope to achieve in a lifetime.The characterization,casting,design are spot on.Wes is a brilliant director with movies like Rushmore also to his credit,but nothing beats Royal and his family.

the5thSun - Excellent Film!5 star

I love this movie! One of the few movies that hold my interest when I catch it on Comedy Central. One important thing to know about this film is that it is not a wacky physical comedy. Rather, it's quirky minimalist comedy. And it's for the minimalist style that I appreciate this film. This film sticks to a more relatable thread (family dysfunction, etc.). It also honors the viewer with character study. And as a result, you end up loving and caring for all of the characters in this dream ensemble cast. Not like most comedies these days that force the same formula down the viewing public's collective throat. I'm talking about, "Here's your main characters, here's some more supporting characters to keep things interesting, here's what they're gonna do for the next two hours. Enjoy, thanks for your money!" I'm sure you know the kind... Anyway, Wes Anderson knows how to pick his players and he sticks to them because of their abilities. Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman and the incomparable Bill Murray. Check out Rushmore and The Life Aquatic. * Sidebar: I love when Bill Murray goes to a playground to beat the little kids at basketball in Rushmore!* If you love the Wilson bros. watch Bottle Rocket! If you want Jeff Goldblum at his zaniest, watch The Life Aquatic. "As you know, I'm part-gay..." Priceless! Thank you and watch this film if you love wit and dry humor.

ianbartlettt - great movie5 star

but they need to have a soundtrack beacause there's some great music in that movie that i cannot find

koda. :) - AWFUL!!!!1 star

i hate this movie so much! its horrible! there is no point at all whatsoever!!!!!!!! i've never seen a movie so bad!

CaveToGrave - "But I'm Gonna Live!"5 star

I love this movie, one of my all time favorites. This is a fantastic movie about dysfunction, disillusion, and loss, and the things people go through to redeem themselves. And not only that, this movie is hysterically funny. As subtly heartbreaking as it is humorous, "The Royal Tenenbaums" is a classic, and (in my opinion) Wes Anderson's most fully realized work. The acting is pitch-perfect. The characters, while standoffish and emotionally tortured in their own seperate ways, truly endear themselves to the viewer. Everyone will find a piece of themself in at least one or more of the characters. And as ridiculous as some of the situations seem, the emotions behind them are all based painfully and poignantly in a very recognizable reality. At the end of this movie, you will realize that whether you knew it or not, you've "always wanted to be a Tenenbaum". Classic.

I eat cereal like you for breakfast - I can watch it over and over...5 star

This movie kills me-I'm not going to go crazy trying to write something about it. Gene Hackman is hilarious as Royal and the whole cast is perfect. The music, the images, the setting. I love it. You will too.

randicandi - the best movie ever5 star

this is the best movie ever. i saw it when i was seven and even when i didn't know what any of it meant i still loved it. and even now when i know what all of it means it is still my favorite movie.

rket - Eh.2 star

I picked up this movie because of the actors. Boy, it was dull for me. I mean, if you're a dark, subtle, dull comedy person, pick it up! But me...I still don't get it. I expected something hilariously stupid like Zoolander. I did like one scene in the movie though. Luke Wilson's attempted suicide was very eerie, and the Elliot Smith song playing over it went along well. To sum it up, I guess it's a movie you just have to watch to see if you get it or not.

GoldenP51 - Awful1 star

This movie is the worst thing I have ever seen.

smurfie - the best5 star

after watching a series of disappointing movies like stick it and lame blockbusters, the royal tenenbaums was like a light in the midst of all this gray. first of all i loved that alec baldwin narrated the whole thing, and secondly, all the actors in it are phenomenal. luke wilson is also an incredibly funny character because and so is gwenyth paltrow. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who longs for a comical movie that isn't just "HA ha" funny.

random_billie - Awsome random flick ever!5 star

I love this move, at first I was like eehh... then I saw it and fell in love with it! it's a must see!!!

iLogan - Cheers to Wes Anderson for another classic!5 star

This is one of my all time favorite movies. I'm only fifteen but have been watching The Royal Tenenbaums since it came out. Every year I better understand it, which for me makes it more enjoyable with time. If you enjoyed this movie I would highly recommend The Life Aquatic, Rushmore, Running with Scissors, and The History Boys.

u.c.beauty.i.c.pain - amazing5 star

thats all there is to it. this movie has everything...all the right actors playing all the right characters. this will make you laugh, cry, and laugh again...one of my faves!

Nickcalvo - The Royal Tenenbaums Rock my Sox5 star

This is one of the greates movies I have seen. A story that you wouldnt think Owen Wilson wrote. Yes he did and it was a great succes. There are so many characters that you cant help relating to one atleast. Again highly recomended. All the actors do a wonderful job of portraying the story, and situation.

MovieMkr7 - Awful1 star

This is one of the worst movies ever. The humor is cruel, not funny. To laugh at anything in this is to be a bully.

Okemos Noto - Not Funny1 star

This is supposed to be a dark comedy but it lacks anything that resembles a funny moment in the entire movie. It was horrible, the music sucked and the plot sucked. This is a horrible movie that lacked any good scenes or storylines

iheartmovies - YAY!!5 star

Love this movie!!!! Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson are hilariously depressing.

Road Biker - One of the best.....5 star

Possibly one of the best movies ever. Don't suggest it for people not wanting to think while they watch.

Sarah*Bee - Inspiring, at best5 star

Perfect for any mood, That Royal Tenenbaums' ornate sets, stellar cast and dark humor all collaborate to form the story of the most entertaining fictional family of all time.This is my favorite movie, I could watch it all day... and sometimes I literally do!!!

Bashkingy G & T - Anybody else have sound issues?4 star

This is a terrific movie - but not for everyone. The irony is a great escape from anyone that feels their own family might be a bit dysfunctional - as these people are really wacked out! You have to see this movie more than once to appreciate it fully. But . . . beware that the sound volume may not be right! I downloaded and had to adjust all ipod settings to the highest volume and I still had trouble hearing (and I'm using noise cancel headphones). I've reported to itunes, but haven't received a response yet.

Sean2007 - !!3 star

i've only seen parts but it looks funny

Important Irrelevance - Hillarious yet human5 star

The Royal Tennenbaums is a fantastic acheievement from the brilliant Wes Anderson. His style of film will be forever unmached due to his lighthearted yet dark, hillarious yet sad, and overall human way of making movies. The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, and The Life Aquatic are some of the best movies ever made, to the point where I would argue in their favor against even the great Citizen Kane. You may not enjoy Wes' unique style, and his subtle humor, but to each his own I guess. In my mind, this is the single greatest american acheivement in the media since Duck Soup, and must be treated as such.

will kirkland - Fabulous! Heartwarming in the oddest way possible5 star

One of the best movies I have ever stumbled upon, The Royal Tenenbaums starts on a low note and ends with the same, yet its hint of heartwarming happiness is nestled under the deep pillow of sorrow. A fabulous film, the best movie created by each of these actors, Alec Baldwin narates like no one before him

iDrinkKoolAid - Great movie, the soundtrack is worth a listen too!5 star

Great dark comedy. Everyone is so depressed in this movie, yet the characters remain funny to watch. Twisted hilarity until the end when Royal dies. The soundtrack, with music by Nico and Ramones is worth a listen too.

Scott Chicago - i love everything about this movie5 star

i love this movie. its just so good. the soundtrack for it is really good too

1227 - A Master At His Best!5 star

This is undoubtedly one of the best movies I have ever seen. The story and characters are terriffic, the acting is superb, and by the final scene you are somewhere being crying and laughing- you really feel as if you've been a Tenenbaum your whole life. Wes Anderson is brilliant and this movie is proof- it is impossible not to be moved, either by tragedy or by comdey, while watching this masterpiece. Definitely buy it!

paradisseee - wth?2 star

this movie has no point and isnt funny..its just creepy and dumb..

I like good music... - hilarious5 star

This movie was great! I loved the entire cast. It was very entertaining and It is definatley be on my favorites for years to come.

Naranjas - !!5 star

I loooooovvee this movie. One of my favorites..it's funny, yet dark at the same time..and the scene with Elliott Smith playing in the background is one of the most powerful movie scenes I've ever......seen. This movie never gets old :]

DjPadz - This is one of those rare movies...5 star

...which combines a stellar cast with some fantastic writing. What I found most striking about this movie was that, even with a cast of Hollywood powerhouses, the characters are written so that nobody really stands out above anybody else. The balance in the writing and acting allows you to enjoy the movie itself, without being distracted by one character or another. It's a rare movie that can do this, especially with this kind of acting talent. See this movie. You'll thank yourself.

shan mcmikey - The Royal Tenenbaums5 star

This is, I think, my favorite movie of all time. Wes Anderson is the best modern writer/director that I have witnessed. And I am a film geek, so i've witnessed lots of films. Great movie. period. The end.

mickwhat - A fantastic movie which embodies what a movie should be.5 star

Arguably the best Wes Anderson film, The Royal Tenenbaums is an essential ingredient to the iTunes library. A quirky humor and a passion for complex charachter relations drives this film which set the tone for comedies in the 21st century. If you even mildly liked The Life Aquatic, Meet the Parents, or any indie comedy in general, you will love The Royal Tenenbaums. Now we can only hope iTunes offers Bottle Rockets and Rushmore soon

skimnc - Great Movie5 star

Entertaining movie about a comical family with so many great actors than you can't count them on one hand.

cj16000 - lovin' wes anderson5 star

I've bought two movies off iTunes, The Royal Tennenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, both by Wes Anderson. Wes Anderson is a great producer and he gets a great cast for his hilarious movies. If you liked any other of his movies, like Rushmore, you'll love this movie.

mark weaver - Great Film5 star

I feel sorry for dull, feebleminded morons that can't comprehend Wes Anderson films.

Escapetionist - I am not worthy...5 star

Greatest movie of ALL time.

dowwow530 - possibly the best movie of all time5 star

this is most likely the best movie of all time. i had never seen the whole thing, but all the parts i saw were hilarious, but dark at the same time. when i saw that it was availble on itunes i just had to buy it, now i will never be boared on a long plane flight ever again, unless my battery runs out :(

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