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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Nothing but attitude.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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?

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Wonderfully weird and wistful adventure-comedy about a fish-out-of-water oceanographer.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Another quirkfest from Wes Anderson; not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes very strong language, non-sexual nudity (topless sunbathing), and non-explicit sexual references and situations, including pregnancy from an adulterous affair and bisexuality. Characters drink, smoke, and smoke marijuana. Characters behave badly in many ways, from being cruel to each other to stealing. Characters are in peril and there are violent encounters with deadly animals and various weapons, including guns. Some characters are killed.

  • Families can talk about why Steve seemed more attached to his friend who was killed than to anyone else in his family or crew. What mattered to him? What mattered to Ned and Jane? What did it add to her character to have her pregnant?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Characters behave badly in many ways, from being cruel to each other to stealing.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Violence and peril, including guns, characters killed.

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    Sex: Non-sexual nudity, non-explicit sexual references and situations.

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    Language: Very strong language.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, drug use.