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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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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."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Writer-director Andrea Arnold, working in British lower-class realism, still finds wondrous moments of connection in Mia's life."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"[Andrea] Arnold has a knack for subtle details but also for portraying female characters whose natural warmth and energy have been muted by trauma or social isolation."
‑ Kristin M. Jones, Film Comment Magazine
"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."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Stark, powerful drama for older teens and adults."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"A bold new entry in the long-standing British tradition of disquieting social realism."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"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."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Fish Tank is a very strong effort at every level, and should signal great things to come for all involved. Bloody good movie."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Reveals the incidental arrival of the first trickles of emerging maturity."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"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."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"The characters are guarded, and as we come to understand them scene by scene, they become ever harder to sort into convenient categories of hero and villain."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Katie Jarvis has a natural presence that matches the unsentimental minimalism of the film."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The film becomes a caricature of arthouse miserabilism, which asserts that the only truths are the ugly ones."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Plenty of films have presented us with the Angry Young Man but not so many with the Angry Young Woman ...Andrea Arnold does her bit to help correct this imbalance with Fish Tank..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"( ... ) Fish Tank feels more fluid, more passionate than other recent English films about the wretched working classes."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
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