Just picked this non-spoiler review from Coming Attractions.
"I was lucky enough to see the premiere of The Royal Tenenbaums at the NYC Film Festival and WOW!
"I won't go into detail about the plot or all of that (watch the trailer...it sums it up pretty well, though a few of the jokes are different in the film), but I will tell you what I thought:
"The film is better than Wes' other films (yes, yes, including Rushmore). Much, much better. He handles the characters beautifully. My jaw was open and a large grin planted itself on my face throughout the entire film.
"It leans towards more drama than Rushmore (the comparisons are inevitable, eh?), but only in the darker situations and heavier themes it deals with (okay, possible spolier: such as drugs, suicide, infidelity, racism, etc.). However, there's very few scenes that aren't hysterically funny. In a couple scenes (one betwen Luke and Owen, especially), the audience was laughing so hard and loud that no one could hear what they were saying (it's hard not to focus on the interior decorating).
"It's a mature, intelligent, hilarious, heartbreaking film and shows only that Wes and co. are getting better, funnier, and wiser with every passing second.
"Sidenote: Longtime Wes fans will be happy to note that Kumar Pallana (Mr. Littlejeans, Pagoda) has a much bigger part in this film than before and he's fantastically funny. The same goes for most of Wes' regulars. Seymour Cassel's appearance on-screen elicited cheers (and made people even happier when he turned out to have a real part in the film and not just a cameo).
"Oscar nominations are secured with this film. I don't think it would win Best Picture because it's not a winner kind of a film...I can't imagine anyone not laughing themselves silly and loving the film, but it's so incredibly off-beat (even more so than Rushmore, believe it or not...when all signs and type are in Futura font, you know the film is a bit different) that it might be hard for people to vote for. Anyhow, it has my vote...I don't think you'll see a better film this year, and, at the very least, I don't think you'll see a funnier film for a very, very long time.
"Bottom line: mind-boggling."