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Fish Tank (2010)



Critic Consensus: Cannes Jury Prize-winner Fish Tank is gritty British realism at its very best, with flawless performances from newcomer Kate Jarvis, and Michael Fassbender.

Movie Info

Fifteen-year-old Mia's world is turned upside down when her mother brings home a new boyfriend.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Andrea Arnold
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2010
Box Office: $0.2M


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Critic Reviews for Fish Tank

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (38)

Fish Tank may begin as a patch of lower-class chaos, but it turns into a commanding, emotionally satisfying movie, comparable to such youth-in-trouble classics as The 400 Blows.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
New Yorker
Top Critic

A bold new entry in the long-standing British tradition of disquieting social realism.

Full Review… | July 4, 2010
Top Critic

[Andrea] Arnold has a knack for subtle details but also for portraying female characters whose natural warmth and energy have been muted by trauma or social isolation.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Fish Tank is a very strong effort at every level, and should signal great things to come for all involved. Bloody good movie.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011

The film becomes a caricature of arthouse miserabilism, which asserts that the only truths are the ugly ones.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The film is remarkable for its depth. It's not drilling in a message about the hopelessness of poverty, nor is it stylising the lifestyle of those living on council estates.

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Fish Tank


Even though not really original or insightful, the winner of the Cannes Jury Prize in 2009 is a realistic and deeply sad British coming-of-age drama that relies on two terrific performances by Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Look for this slight British coming-of-age bit that packs a wallop (reminiscent of the kitchen sink productions of the late 50's/early 60's for gritty realism)and don't let it go by as all the actors but especially the newbie director/writer Andrea Arnold delivers the goods in this story about the desire to belong for a young 15 year old wannabe dancer.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Realist youth drama about a girl from the British underclass who enjoys dancing and little else. The acting is top notch, from the amateurs and protagonist Katie Jarvis to Michael Fassbender who soon became one of the coming Hollywood shooting stars. And so we follow Mia around a lot, from the concrete apartments to a trailer park where an old horse is tied up. That's pretty interesting for the longest time but loses a bit of its path in the end, could have used some trimming as well. Still, an entertaining, disenchanting and raw look at lower class society and the sad outlook today's kids have on life.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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