Box art for The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited

comedy, drama


A year after their father's death, three American brothers, Francis, Peter and Jackwho haven't spoken since the funeralembark on a soul-searching journey across India on board the titular train.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    68%
  • Audience Score
    79%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Wes Anderson tackles mature brotherly baggage.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like most Wes Anderson films, this quirky comedy deals with emotional baggage and relationships, which will probably bore younger teens (despite the presence of Wedding Crashers star Owen Wilson). The three protagonist brothers drink and share a love of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. There's a scene of peril when they try to save three young Indian boys from drowning. A dead child is shown, as is his Indian funeral fire. Suicide is briefly mentioned, and the death of a father is discussed on several occasions. There's one sex scene, although except for some passionate kissing, it's off screen. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t" but isn't incessant. Parents should also know that a short called Hotel Chevalier comes with the DVD and it contains more nudity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether Wes Anderson's movies are funny, sad, or both. Why? How is his style of comedy different from other filmmakers'? How is this movie similar to and different from his other films? Some critics have complained that the film's second act, which takes place in a small Indian village, is offensive. What do you think about that part of the film? Is it appropriate, or is its tragedy out of place with the rest of the film?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's an affected film about disaffected people, and no cast in the world could save it.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 19, 2007

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

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Fresh: Apart from having thus created the first road-picture homework assignment, Anderson isn't breaking new ground here. But he and his actors appear to be having a larkish good time.

- Bob Mondello, NPR.org, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Wes Anderson's most restrained film stylistically is a marvelous, multilayered character dramedy filled with memorable scenes and characters. It may not be on the same level as a "Rushmore" or "The Royal Tenenbaums" but it's pretty close. I've seen the film three times, and with every viewing I've appreciated it more and more. Definately way underrated.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Friday, November 5, 2010

1 star

A totally pointless film, whether you?re a fan of Owen Wilson or not you would at least expect this film to be filled with humour and that simply wasn?t the case. The storyline was not strong enough and it didn?t even have enough structure to call it corny. Not a recommendation.

- 76Majikat, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

1 star

It is painful to see the self-indulgent work that Wes Anderson made here, so pretentious and concerned about style over substance. The visuals are outstanding, but the empty story is pointless and boring, drifting nowhere with unfunny humor and weird seriousness.

- blacksheepboy, Tuesday, April 20, 2010