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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

HD   R Closed Captioning

Wes Anderson

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About the Movie

Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew -- Team Zissou -- set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline co-pilot, who may or may not be Zissou's son (Owen Wilson), a beautiful journalist (Cate Blanchett) assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and his estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy. Oscar(R)-nominated writer-director Wes Anderson (2001 Best Original Screenplay, The Royal Tenenbaums) has assembled an all-star cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, and Bud Cort in this wildly original adventure-comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 202
  • Fresh: 113
  • Rotten: 89
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: If you go with it, you'll love the film. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Mar 17, 2014

Fresh: Full of [Wes Anderson's] many trademark flourishes. – Paul Clinton (,, Mar 10, 2005

Rotten: Like the jaguar shark, The Life Aquatic is hard to get a hook into. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Mar 17, 2014

Rotten: There's nothing wrong with Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou that a digital insertion of Gene Hackman wouldn't solve. – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, Mar 17, 2014

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Customer Reviews

It's Wes Anderson

An amazing film.

Anderson is a genius

Wes Anderson has a gift that is lacking in most of the big filmmakers of today. The performances he captures are outstanding. The humor, intelligent. Everything is perfect. This film, though not his best in my opinion, is my favorite. Those who understand scuba diving/Jaques Costeau and filmmaking will catch some of the little side jokes. This movie isn't for everyone, however. It's no Wedding Crashers or Billy Madison. It's smart and witty. Those who are only a fan of slapstick and lewd jokes will be bored to death.

Second best film of 2004!

This is the second best film of 2004 (with Jonathan Glazer's Birth being ohh soo slightly better).