Year of the Fish - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Year of the Fish Reviews

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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
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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
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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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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
NPR.org
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.
| Original Score: B-
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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.
| Original Score: 2/6
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
August 27, 2008
Year of the Fish is the kind of really bad movie it takes a lot of misplaced conviction to make.
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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
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John Anderson
Variety
January 31, 2007
That the film is animated gives it an appropriately magical feel, but it can't save the story from being drowned in devices and stereotype.