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The Annihilation of Fish

The Annihilation of Fish (2000)

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Charles Burnett directed this offbeat comic romance about a pair of aging eccentrics whose imaginary companions sometimes interfere with their "real" lives. Fish (James Earl Jones) is an elderly Jamaican expatriate who has spend much of his adult life in a mental institution in New York. One of the clearest manifestations of Fish's madness is Hank, an imaginary nemesis whom Fish must often beat until he obeys. After he's released, Fish heads to Los Angeles, where he takes a room in a boarding

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The romantic comedy avoids the trap of being cloyingly cute, winning us over to the appealingly daffy world view of its two wonderful stars.

September 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[Burnett] creates a dreamily solid world where in Jones' heroic sweetness can flourish, and Redgrave and Kidder can disappear into their roles with a dazzling, playful intensity.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It's a small, graceful movie, and one of the beauties of it is imagining moviegoers tromping into Minneapolis' Parkway Theater to see it and -- for a couple of hours, at least -- forgetting their own feelings of loneliness.

September 19, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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Burnett has crafted a poignant, utterly believable film out of the most unlikely of set-ups.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Stuffed to the gills with kookiness, this Fish tanks.

November 9, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

What's Right: Nice performances from Redgrave and Jones.

November 1, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm
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There are few comic staples less convincing or more timeworn than charming lunatics in love, and the only thing that lifts this film beyond TV-movie quality is Jones' performance.

November 1, 2001
New Times

A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, no doubt due to the fine performances from Jones (other than his poor accent) and Redgrave.

September 18, 2001
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