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The Darjeeling Limited

Adventure . Drama . Comedy

Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other -- to become brothers again like they used to be. Their "spiritual quest", however, veers rapidly off-course (due to events involving over-the-counter pain killers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray).

Actors: Owen Wilson , Jason Schwartzman , Adrien Brody , Bill Murray , Anjelica Huston , Camilla Rutherford , Wallace Wolodarsky , Natalie Portman , Amara Karan , Waris Ahluwalia
Directors: Wes Anderson
Country: USA
Release: 2007-10-26
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  • Glenn Kenny

    A picture that certain Brits and connoisseurs of British colloquial English might call "a grower" … more moving and funny the more I think about it.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    All the acting is exemplary. Brody, new to Wes' World, is revelatory as Peter.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Anderson is like Dave Brubeck, who I'm listening to right now. He knows every note of the original song, but the fun and genius come in the way he noodles around. And in his movie's cast, especially with Owen Wilson, Anderson takes advantage of champion noodlers.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This is familiar psychological as well as stylistic territory for Anderson after "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." But there's a startling new maturity in Darjeeling, a compassion for the larger world that busts the confines of the filmmaker's miniaturist instincts.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The Darjeeling Limited amounts finally to a high-end, high-toned tourist adventure. I don’t mean this dismissively; it would be hypocritical of me to deny the delights of luxury travel to faraway lands. And Mr. Anderson’s eye for local color — the red-orange-yellow end of the spectrum in particular — is meticulous and admiring.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    This tale of filial love and family baggage is Wes Anderson's most heartfelt feature film yet. Its companion short, "Hotel Chevalier," is darn near perfect. Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    The India of the movie is more an idea than a reality...Exotic, spiritual and, according to Peter Whitman (Adrien Brody), "spicy"-smelling, it's a magical mystery place where wayward foreigners can go to get their souls back on track.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    What this movie has going for itself in spite of its cloying pleas for indulgence is a playful and interesting narrative structure that precludes much development and comes to the fore only toward the end. The whole thing may drive you batty, but as with "Rushmore," the melancholy aftertaste lingers.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Funny peculiar and funny ha ha, with a spontaneity and energy that gather up a powerful emotional head of steam as it chugs along.

    Empire Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    A spiritual quest can take many forms. One could argue that all of director Wes Anderson's movies focus on a sense of personal melancholy and directionlessness that often fuels such an odyssey. And they do so with a dark and offbeat wit.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Anderson can't quite rise above his own quirkiness. It's not that he can't respond to the beauty he places before us – he can – but his jokiness keeps undercutting his own best efforts. The Darjeeling Limited is a transitional film for him: He's outgrown a comic style that can no longer accommodate his deeper feelings.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Spiritual journeys, even if they’re comedies, don’t really lend themselves to the extreme, anal-retentive formalism found in every frame of The Darjeeling Limited.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    As always with Anderson, the comedy is neatly embedded in the jaded banter, where the insecurities and rivalries bubble up -- here, all within the bell jar of that shared sleeping compartment.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    By now, you know exactly what to expect, which is both good and bad. To my mind, Anderson reached the acme of this formula in the first go, in "Tenenbaums," and has now replicated it twice, evoking smaller pleasures each time.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    A movie about people who literally carry a lot of emotional baggage, metaphorically unpack it, and spiritually lighten their loads. By the end, I felt lighter. Which is closer to enlightenment than most movies get.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Alissa Simon

    Inventively staged picture should satisfy the upscale, youth and cult auds Anderson has developed, though it's unlikely to draw significantly better than his earlier work.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Ansen

    A return to form after the flat "Life Aquatic," Darjeeling has a lightweight, coloring-book charm that deepens and darkens after these odd, privileged ducks are thrown off the train.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Nathan Lee

    I was moved by Darjeeling, flaws and all, but if my job is to explain why, I find it difficult for reasons that are none of my business. From the minute Wilson walks onscreen, face covered in scars, eyes full of trouble, Darjeeling is warped by the gravitas of his recent suicide attempt.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The film as a whole operates in Mr. Anderson's patented, semi-precious zone of antic and droll. It's not as if the filmmaker has gone off the rails. He's just not solidly on them.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The Darjeeling Limited"has its charms, chief of which is watching three terrific actors evince with unforced ease the rewards and resentments of brotherhood.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The Darjeeling Limited works best when the level of artifice is at its highest and most overt.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The men are fuzzily defined and the film feels incomplete. The devil may be in the details, but for the first time, Anderson's obsession with them has caused him to lose sight of the bigger picture.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    It’s a hard film to shake, and there’s an awful lot to be said for that.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Technically and thematically, there's a lot in The Darjeeling Limited to arrest the attention. Emotionally, there's a void.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    You have to admire that someone thought it’d be cool to assemble three of the movies’ most fascinating noses for a 90-minute romp.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The latest Christmas-tree movie from director Wes Anderson, who makes pictures so carefully appointed and decorated, they sometimes feel like they're made to be looked at instead of watched.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Picaresque movies often feel longer than they are. For them to work, they need an interior spring with more thrust than Darjeeling's attempt at reconstituted brotherhood. The problem is in Anderson's approach, which is so supercool, it's chilly. Anderson has the attitude for comedy but not the aptitude.

    Time Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Anderson creates a deluxe train set, for sure. All he neglects is building up an electric current or a head of steam.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Hit and miss, but its tone of lyric melancholy is remarkably sustained.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Wilson, Brody and Schwartzman have their charms, but the script gives them little to work with. Anderson and his co-writers have come up with an ordinary road movie.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The Darjeeling Limited (Fox Searchlight) struggles to open out from the beautiful, stifling world inside Anderson's head. But like in his last movie, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Anderson makes the mistake of keeping its protagonists trapped for too long aboard a means of conveyance.

    Slate Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The trouble with this precious fable isn't that the Whitmans are self-absorbed ninnies: It's that they aren't characters at all.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Mark Bell

    The Darjeeling Limited isn't so bad as to offend those who love Wes Anderson too much, but it is not the triumph that his previous films have been.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A slow train to Dullsville that makes all local stops. You know a film is in trouble if the most interesting thing in it is the luggage.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A frustrating movie, a work of immaturity from a director who should be past the empty gestures and self-protective distance of his early work.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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