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Metascore

Based on 38 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
The director of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" scores his most funny-sad movie to date.
90
An exquisitely evocative movie that elevates rueful melancholia to a superpower.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Wonderfully weird and wistful adventure-comedy about a fish-out-of-water oceanographer.
80
The actor's (Murray) quiet, downcast presence modulates the antic busyness that encircles him, and his performance is a triumph of comic minimalism.
67
Entertainment Weekly
As someone who has warmed up to Anderson's work only gradually, I'd call this a step back for him, but I also can't help but wonder: Will he ever take that crucial step forward and stop saying, Isn't it ironic?
60
Village Voice
Murray is always pleasurable company, and his barely suppressed soulfulness might've supported this dawdling big-fish story if its insistent larkiness had abated and let a little reality in, as had "Rushmore."
60
Somewhere buried beneath all this ballast something is being said, again, about flawed middle-aged men falling from grace and redeeming themselves. This time I'm damned if I know what that something is.
50
Variety
The effect is often soporific.
50
Wall Street Journal
There's a lot to appreciate here, especially Mr. Murray's variations on the sad but hopeful soul he played in "Rushmore" (and in "Lost In Translation"). Yet meanings get lost in a clutter of cleverness.
50
Nothing but attitude.

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