Fish Tank Reviews

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
Top Critic
January 12, 2010

The movie turns stiff and pat, leaving us manipulated by Arnold's desire to give her hapless heroine the worst life she can think of, followed by a great escape.

Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
February 28, 2010

Comes off like Mike Leigh minus the humor and human insight

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 29, 2010

Andrea Arnold seems to be trying hard to emulate the hard edged work of her English realist masters, but she is selfish and uncaring about her audience

Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
January 14, 2010

A disappointing sophomore effort for [Andrea] Arnold, who demonstrated a flair for unpredictable, atmospheric filmmaking with Red Road.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 10, 2009

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
January 28, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
January 13, 2010

Arnold deviates into a generic retribution plot that acts as a creaky catalyst to push Mia out into the world at large. The affected realism thus reveals itself to be a hoi polloi-patronizing crock.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
January 18, 2010

Andrea Arnold puts all her eggs in one basket in this film and the thin storyline fails to carry the day.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
Top Critic
May 16, 2009

I'm just having trouble comprehending the fuss being made in other quarters, because this film is awfully familiar-basically just a contemporary gloss on the classic British kitchen sink/angry young (wo)man drama.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 14, 2010

'Fish Tank' has a spontaneous quality -- but it also, unfortunately, leaves us with a sense that things which matter are going nowhere.

Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
September 11, 2009

Dreary and unoriginal, like hundreds of its sub-Ken Loach predecessors, this is how Billy Elliott might have turned out had it been made by a collective of depressive Essex girls.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Armond White
New York Press
January 13, 2010

This knee-jerk pathos is a reflex from both America's Reagan-era hip-hop and England's Thatcher-era miserabilist pop. Call it Automatic Pity.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 12, 2010

The one really compelling reason to see it is the startlingly vivid performance of Katie Jarvis, a newcomer.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
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
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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
Beth Wilson
Trespass
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.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 2, 2010

There's an uneasy ambiguity about the film which American audiences used to the conventions of romantic comedies and/or cautionary dramas are likely to reject

| Original Score: 87/100
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK
January 15, 2010

One of the best films of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

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