The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: 7 out of 10.
Ranking the four Wes Anderson films, this one ranks fourth in my books, but it's still a good film. That tells you how special his first three films were. "Bottle Rocket", "Rushmore", "The Royal Tenenbaums", that there's some comedic gold.
As a movie, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" isn't so much funny as it is tragic. It's actually a very sad and sensitive film. Bill Murray has mastered the art of playing a solemn, slightly depressed straight man and we're just on board Anderson's ship for the ride.
It wasn't "The Royal Tenenbaums", but it still had the smarts, and this time there were a few tears along the way.