Rushmore, Rush-less: Wes Anderson's Films, From Worst to Best

Rolling Stone looks back at 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' director's career and ranks the movies

12. 'The Darjeeling Limited' (2007)

It has many eloquent defenders, but, sorry: This is the one outright disaster in Anderson's body of work. Somehow, the director's highly-controlled aesthetic doesn't quite survive the collision with location shooting, and the ironic tale of a trio of mourning brothers traveling the outer reaches of India is muddied – as if the director stepped out, saw the sun and breathed the air, and suddenly didn't know what to do with himself. It has its moments, to be sure – the opening scene is wondrous – but The Darjeeling Limited is, ultimately, a messy dirge, an admirably personal work undone by clunky symbolism and tonal incongruity.