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Year of the Fish Reviews

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
July 5, 2011
Making the film 'animated' creates a remove from the harshness of reality, like erecting a scrim between performer and audience, but it also makes for a certain glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tenley Woodman
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 18, 2008
The director-writer, David Kaplan, is able to hold our attention, and the film's unusual look lends a magical feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stan Hall
October 10, 2008
A re-imagining of Cinderella set in a massage parlor in New York's Chinatown, David Kaplan's film juxtaposes grime and exploitation with winsomeness and superstition.
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 26, 2008
Year of the Fish is an eye-opener for those unfamiliar with the tribulations many immigrants endure on their road to American citizenship.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Diva Velez
September 5, 2008
Charming and dreamlike, Year of the Fish wrings every dime out of its low budget with wonderful performances that are by parts adorable, sharp and sweet and certainly worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
August 29, 2008
The result [of the animation technique] is similar to the look of Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, but much softer and more fluid. It's ideal for the storybook plot and quite dazzling at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 29, 2008
David Kaplan's sweet, if superficial, fairy tale won't change the world, but it makes nice use of its setting (Chinatown) and visual style (rotoscope animation).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 29, 2008
An adult fable told with childlike simplicity, Year of the Fish updates an ancient Chinese version of the Cinderella story with imagination, charm and just the right amount of sweetness.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bob Mondello
August 29, 2008
Kaplan keeps the story breezy and brisk, and provides his down-to-earthily modern fairy tale with an appropriately other-worldly visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 28, 2008
To some degree, it's trying to find the magic in the everyday, but the attempts to ground it are cringe-inducing and problematic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mark Peikert
New York Press
August 27, 2008
Year of the Fish does feature more than enough clever moments and ideas to compensate for forcing audiences to sit through yet another tale of a woman who needs a man to rescue her from a life of drudgery.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
June 12, 2007
Year of the Fish is a sweetly engaging effort that manages a fair amount of charm and innocence in spite of the rather seedy surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 26, 2007
Written and directed by Reginald Harkema with a sharp eye toward the paradoxes of fighting The Man in the 21st century.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 17, 2008
Without the animation layered on top of the action, the film would be thoroughly lacking in dramatic interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 26, 2008
Apart from the debut of appealing An Nguyen and a pet fish instead of a magic slipper, there's nothing particularly innovative here, and the film's seedy milieu ensures that it's anything but a kid-friendly fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
September 2, 2008
Although writer/director David Kaplan attempts to elevate his amateur narrative attempt with the same rotoscoping animation technique that Richard Linklater used to great effect with "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly," the effect comes across as overwro
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 29, 2008
That kind of broadness plays fine in Disney movies, but feels deeply when applied to the world of undocumented sex workers, urban poverty and economic exploitation that looks a lot like 21st-century slavery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 29, 2008
Too raw for kids and too simplistic for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 27, 2008
Even animation addicts might find their eyes glazing over at this digitally rotoscoped Cinderella story set in an oh-so-magical modern-day Chinatown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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