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100
The director of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" scores his most funny-sad movie to date.
100
Premiere
Aquatic maintains its buoyancy throughout.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
Like the old and creaky Belafonte, the film itself seems forever on the brink of drifting away. But it's the kind of drifting that's nothing but enjoyable. In fact, it's beyond enjoyable - heading into waters full of whimsy, mystery and odd, psychedelic fish.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Wonderfully weird and wistful adventure-comedy about a fish-out-of-water oceanographer.
75
Wilson drops the ironic smirk to give a sincerely affecting performance. His scenes with Murray provide the ballast when the script veers off into unconvincing pirate attacks and animated sea creatures.
75
It's almost a great movie. For half of its running time, Anderson maintains a distinct and arresting tone of vague absurdity, and then he loses control and the film begins to dip into silliness. Individual scenes become labored. Yet even at its worst, The Life Aquatic is always interesting -- there's really nothing else like it.
75
New York Post
Intermittently brilliant, intermittently hilarious -- and occasionally tedious.
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?
50
Nothing but attitude.
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.
38
New York Daily News
If there's anything more tiresome in film today than hip irony, it is forced irony, and here comes a boatload with Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.

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