Fish Tank

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



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Fifteen-year-old Mia's world is turned upside down when her mother brings home a new boyfriend.

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Critic Reviews for Fish Tank

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  • 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.

    Jul 7, 2010 | Full Review…

    David Denby

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

    Jul 4, 2010 | Rating: 9.7/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

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  • One of the best British films of recent years, Fish Tank marks a leap forward from Arnold's first feature, the contrived Red Road.

    May 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Andrea Arnold, working in British lower-class realism, still finds wondrous moments of connection in Mia's life.

    Mar 5, 2010 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Writer-director Andrea Arnold has created something so real and raw, you may come away with a twinge of guilty voyeurism, a sense of peering too closely and impolitely into other people's lives.

    Mar 5, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Katie Jarvis has a natural presence that matches the unsentimental minimalism of the film.

    Mar 4, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

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
Carlos Magalhães

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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
Kevin M. Williams

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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.
Jens S.

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Katie Jarvis gave an outstanding performance in this. Not good for a night you need a pick-me-up though. Even if you think that pick-me-up is Michael Fassbender.

Julie B
Julie B

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