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The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)



Critic Consensus: The Royal Tenenbaums is a delightful adult comedy with many quirks and a sense of poignancy. Many critics especially praised Hackman's performance.

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Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children--Chas, Richie, and Margot--they were a family of geniuses and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have had a preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman grant of fifty thousand dollars in the ninth grade. Richie 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. Most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. The tale follows the family's sudden and unexpected reunion one recent winter.

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Gene Hackman
as Royal Tenenbaum
Anjelica Huston
as Etheline Tenenbaum
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Margot Tenenbaum
Ben Stiller
as Chas Tenenbaum
Luke Wilson
as Richie Tenenbaum
Owen Wilson
as Eli Cash
Danny Glover
as Henry Sherman
Bill Murray
as Raleigh St. Clair
Grant Rosenmeyer
as Ari Tenenbaum
Jonah Meyerson
as Uzi Tenenbaum
Aram Aslanian-Persico
as Young Chas Tenenbaum
Stephen Lee Sheppard
as Dudley Heinsbergen
Irene Gorovaia
as Young Margot Tenenbaum
Alec Baldwin
as Narrator
Amedeo Turturro
as Young Richie Tenenbaum
Stephen Lea Sheppard
as Dudley Heinsbergen
James Fitzgerald
as Young Eli Cash
Larry Pine
as Peter Bradley
Don McKinnon
as Detective
Frank Wood
as Hotel Manager
Al Thompson
as Walter Sherman
Jennifer Wachtell
as Rachael Tenenbaum
Donal Ward
as Hotel Clerk
Andrew Wilson
as Farmer Father / Tex Hayward
Sanjay Matthew
as Sanjay Gandhi
Mary Wigmore
as Chas' Secretary
Sonam Wangmo
as Sing-Sang
Pawel Wdowczak
as Neville Smythe-Dorleac
Peter Leung
as Yasuo Oshima
William Sturgis
as Franklin Benedict
Liam Craig
as Reporter in Blue Cardigan
Max Faugno
as Cote d'Ivoire Attendant
Guido Venitucci
as Cote d'Ivoire Radio Operator
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
as Frederick -- Bellboy
Brian Smiar
as Elderly `Baumer' Fan No. 1
Jan V.E. Austell
as Elderly `Baumer' Fan No. 2
Rony Clanton
as Cemetery Maintenance Man
Tom Lacy
as Judge
Keith Charles
as Royal's Lawyer
Greg Goosen
as Gypsy Cab Driver
Vic Mata
as Sanchez
Michael J. Conti
as Irish Longshoreman
Tatiana Abbey
as Parisian Girl
Kalani Queypo
as New Guinea Tribesman
Mel Cannon
as Punk Rocker
Leo Manuelian
as Eli's Egyptian Friend
Amir Raissi
as Eli's Egyptian Friend
Roger Shamas
as Eli's Egyptian Friend
Philip Denning
as Father Petersen
Gary Evans
as Police Officer
Rex Robbins
as Mr. Levinson
Nova Landaeus-Skinnar
as Elaine Levinson
Sam Hoffman
as Paramedic
Brian Tenenbaum
as Paramedic
Stephan Dignan
as Paramedic
Eric Chase Anderson
as Medical Student
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Critic Reviews for The Royal Tenenbaums

All Critics (213) | Top Critics (60)

If it sounds bittersweet, it is, but like the best family albums, Tenenbaums is split wide with open-heartedness, and equally generous with its triumphs and failures.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

This comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family of eccentric geniuses is exactly the kind of movie America could use. It's funny, poignant, laced with irresistibly flawed characters and focuses on the power of love in a family.

October 1, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The film manages to be both sarcastic and sentimental. As odd as the Tenenbaums are, the family remains bound by love.

October 1, 2014 | Full Review…

The Tenenbaums's self-referential outlook, wayward agendas, wanton destructiveness and wishful fantasy make for a highly entertaining spectacle, provided you acknowledge you're watching a churning status quo that will never alter in essentials.

October 1, 2014 | Full Review…

With Anderson's images, seductive as they are, we can ultimately only guess -- what Margot's plays are about, or who Etheline's suitors are... And that makes Anderson's film an exhilarating experience, a real jungle gym for the imagination.

March 4, 2014

Each character, as ever, is tucked into a shell of his or her obsessions, and yet the filming itself -- the grace of Anderson's draftsmanship, as it were -- binds the figures together into a team.

March 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Royal Tenenbaums


An appealing melancholy comedy with eccentric characters who are so very well developed, in a strange, unconventional narrative that invests in an offbeat atmosphere (as if out of a dreamlike version of New York) to tackle matters like loneliness and amends.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


An interesting, offbeat film from Wes Anderson about a family of child prodigies (Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson) who grow up in a dysfunctional household, headed by their father Royal (Gene Hackman), and how the family comes back together under the same roof after many years after their father announces he has a terminal illness, after leaving the family a long time ago. Sometimes, Wes Anderson's style of film-making is infuriating. His characters can sometimes come across as robots spouting dialogue (like in "Moonrise Kingdom") or just flat out unbelievable and quirky for the sake of being quirky ("The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou"). Here, he hits just the right balance of humor to offset the darker, sadder tones this story has. It is never laugh out loud hilarious, none of his movies are, but the sadness and heartbreak coursing through this family is definitely not expected, and in turn makes it quite touching. Hackman is phenomenal, as he always is, and the supporting cast is excellent as well. It almost veers off a cliff at its finale, but it still ends on a good note that ultimately makes it a worthwhile viewing.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Wes Anderson is an eccentric director who always manages to make in inventive, charming and memorable picture. With the Royal Tenenbaums, he crafts one of his finest films and he directs a great cast of talented actors who each bring something that make this such a memorable film. Wes Anderson has a distinctive directing style, one that is absolutely unique and engaging. I've seen quite a few of his films, and The Royal Tenenbaums is one of his best, and it boasts some great performances matched with an engaging storyline. Anderson fans will surely enjoy this, and like I've, it's one of his best movies and he displays his skills perfectly here. With this film, Wes Anderson seems to be even more confident behind the camera, and therefore he tells a more thought out and memorable storyline. Anderson is a great filmmaker, and he deserves more praise than what he gets, and film lovers should appreciate his work for what it is. What I mean by that is that many people won't even take a glance at his work, and easily dismiss it because of the somewhat eccentric way he makes his movies. I think it's a great shame because his films are very original, and each one becomes even more thought out than the previous one. The Royal Tenenbaums is a fine drama comedy that showcases the talents of a unique and original filmmaker perfectly. With Wes Anderson, you never know what type of film you'll get, but there will always be his signature style of having whimsical characters stuck in bizarre situations with each movie. That's what makes work worth seeing, and if you're not familiar with his work, this is a perfect place to start, along with Moonrise Kingdom. This is a stellar film, one that is well acted and directed and is highly engaging from start to finish.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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