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.