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Fish Tank Reviews

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Kristin M. Jones
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
[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.
Dan Jardine
August 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 83/100
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 28, 2011
Reveals the incidental arrival of the first trickles of emerging maturity.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sarah Boslaugh
January 3, 2011
Plenty of films have presented us with the Angry Young Man but not so many with the Angry Young Woman ...Andrea Arnold does her bit to help correct this imbalance with Fish Tank...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 30, 2010
Stark, powerful drama for older teens and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
Mia is not treated like an overly clever ingénue (as in An Education) or as a pious, almost impossibly well-adjusted soul (as in Precious) or worse, as Bella Swan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 10, 2010
( ... ) Fish Tank feels more fluid, more passionate than other recent English films about the wretched working classes.
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
July 7, 2010
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.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
July 5, 2010
The film's rough patches are ... considerably smoothed over by its performers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
July 4, 2010
A bold new entry in the long-standing British tradition of disquieting social realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.7/10
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
June 2, 2010
Performances are excellent but this is an exceptionally grim experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 29, 2010
It's a tough film and while the ground covered does not bring any surprises, the journey we take is filled with gritty realism and the outcomes realistic
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
May 28, 2010
One of the best British films of recent years, Fish Tank marks a leap forward from Arnold's first feature, the contrived Red Road.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 28, 2010
Arnold is still a director to watch: the film is fragile, and not faultless: but while Streetdance 3D is raging uptown, do take a look at this one to understand, among other things, how very personal and expressive dance can be for the young.
Beth Wilson
May 25, 2010
Not finely polished like a big budget film, Fish Tank's ability to connect with audiences is reflected in the multiple awards the film, its director and its star have received.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
May 25, 2010
A well shot and uniformly well acted film which draws the audience in by an increasingly tense and dramatic narrative.
Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)
May 25, 2010
It's an absolute credit to her that she is able to evoke sympathy and empathy for such a prickly and volatile screen character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
May 22, 2010
Arnold achieves an utterly mesmerising pas de trois.
Simon Foster
May 21, 2010
The profound essence of British cinema's roots in social realism is taken to another level in Andrea Arnold's chest-tightening Fish Tank, a coming-of-age drama of searing immediacy and heart-breaking intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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