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Based on 31 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    While you're remembering new high-impact names, add Arnold. In only her second film, after 2006's "Red Road," she keeps the screen filled to bursting with the beauty and raw terror of life. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Even as it stands, Fish Tank is a valuable movie, though it aspires to a social insight it doesn't attain and a psychological penetration it won't maintain. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A brilliantly acted and achingly bleak coming-of-age story. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's been a good while since I've seen a movie whose most powerful sequence was both unforeseen and entirely unpredictable as it played out. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's oppressive and claustrophobic, confused and scary in there. But it's also compellingly real. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Arnold generally steers clear of cinematic melodrama, and Jarvis infuses the entire film with the sort of kinetic spirit that heralds a new talent. show more

  • 80
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The film belongs to Jarvis, however, and she makes the most of it with expressive features that convey Mia's mixed-up emotions from raging temper to sweet vulnerability. She will go far. show more

  • 90

    Andrea Arnold has crafted a scene that approaches a literal embodiment of the term "kitchen-sink drama" here is most likely coincidence; nevertheless, her film is a bold new entry in that long-standing British tradition of disquieting social realism. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Arnold deserves comparison with a British master director like Ken Loach. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    A remarkable downer-upper paradox: a bruising tale of teenage resilience, honest and emotionally complicated and alive. show more

  • February 05, 2010 nu00000018377498
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    "Fish" IS WELL Worth the time. It's a poignant study of adolescence; a tale of a sgle Mom and her 2 daughters (the younger reminded me of Jodie Foster as a child). Looking for security, seeking acceptance and love. Drinking, swearing, living w/ the hangovers of life. Not able to get out of their rat hole, not possible to alter the course of their poverty. They strained @ the seams, and I kept waiting for the whole house of cards to tumble. The 15 yr old girl was esp. wonderful; one roots for her break-dancing dreams; one worries about the chances she takes daily. Not a happy story, but a valid reflection of life on the edge. The man in their lives (younger'n the Mom -- older'n the girl) forced the story forward, w/ surprising, but unpredictable results. The movie lingers in the backroads of my mind. mb ps I shld mention that the theater was mostly empty, and upon leaving I asked a couple of men what they thot and one said "boring; too long; a skunk", (?)

  • February 04, 2010 Margaret Opine
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