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Little Fish (2006)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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A former drug-addict in her early thirties attempts to put her shady past to rest while paving the way for a brighter future in director Rowan Woods' tale of love, trust, and redemption in modern-day Australia. Tracy Heart (Cate Blanchett) hasn't lived her 32 years so much as she has simply survived them. Ravaged by the drug-addiction and determined to redeem herself in the eyes of her overworked single-mother Janelle (Noni Hazelhurst), Tracy makes a personal vow to open her own business and


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jacqueline Perske

Apr 11, 2006

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (3) | DVD (5)

It's a sober, sensitive film ... about degrees of dependency, grief, guilt, recrimination and recuperation.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A small film with a big cast, Little Fish is notable for its performances.

February 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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If you say you'd watch Cate Blanchett in anything, here's your chance to prove it.

February 24, 2006 | Comment (1)
New York Post
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Cate Blanchett sinks into the role of a recovering drug addict in a thorny, compelling drama from Australia.

February 23, 2006
New York Times
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The actors are terrific, especially Weaving, who plays bottoming out as a tragedy spiked with gallows humor, and Blanchett, who digs deep into the booby-trapped nature of recovery. The revelation, however, is Rowan Woods, a major filmmaker in the making.

February 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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While Little Fish takes a turn for the generic in its final act, solid acting, an atmospheric soundtrack, and flare-filled cinematography more beautiful than an Apple screensaver are enough to keep the film afloat.

February 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Fish finally puts its pieces together, unravelling the story strands in a dramatically resonant third act where the film finally lifts itself out of the doldrums.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

A superb cast, mostly playing roles against type, make Little Fish a captivating and emotionally involving film, delivered with the flourish of a filmmaker who knows his craft and what to do with it to reach his audience.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Little Fish will leave you full of admiration for its undeniable craft, but perhaps also not entirely sure what its point is.

June 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

The actors give performances of intense naturalness.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian

Strong performances and meticulous direction make this consistently disconcerting, but the subplot distracts from the moving human drama.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Blanchett is superb as Tracy, a recognisable and believable character attempting to put her past behind her.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It's a tidy showcase for Cate Blanchett as a recovering drug addict struggling to throw off the shackles of her past, but Sam Neill and Hugo Weaving also shine ...

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source:

Blanchett is at her best in a complex, gripping role.... Weaving is a revelation, going completely against type.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

powerhouse acting, all around

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source:

Despite the slow and sluggish pacing, "Little Fish" extracts some excellent performances from its star cast.

February 27, 2006 Full Review Source:

Somber but beautifully played, Little Fish handles drug addiction in a manner unthinkable in mainstream films.

February 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Realistic characters brought to life by dramatic performances so strong you forget you're watching actors.

February 25, 2006 Full Review Source:

Even with all it's many good points, it leads to an inevitable ending we see from the very beginning. One could do worse.

February 25, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

While it may be too oppressively downbeat for some viewers, Little Fish nonetheless represents another triumph for Blanchett.

February 25, 2006

The acting talent on display surmounts all the obstacles he puts in their way.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Fiercely loose and less ragged than it first appears, this story of persistent addiction and fragile recovery plays out in Sydney, Australia's blue-collar suburbs and features powerhouse performances by its stars.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Little Fish has beautifully understated performances and a script that emphasizes the mundane and the manipulative in the addict's world.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Little Fish

A very gritty Australian film, with of plenty of natural performers. Slow moving at times, but a story that was kind of unavoidable, in your face and was told with a lot of reality.
May 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

An all-star Australian cast work this wonderfully scripted drama to its full extent. What starts of as a complex drama soon turns into that of a crime drama. It is to the films credit that the evolution of genres is handled rather well and goes mostly unnoticed. The film relies more on subtle hints to the past of the characters, and even leaves us with an ending that needs some thinking about. This may not be to everyone's liking but it really does make it a more involving piece. It's gorgeously shot, with lighting used coming off as something other-worldly with great beams shining down from street lights and headlights. A great drama that doesn't quite have a conclusion that the film hints towards earlier on.
September 3, 2008

Super Reviewer

Great performances raise this Australian tale of the struggle to move on and what to keep from your past, above the norm.
June 9, 2008
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