The Annihilation of Fish
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The Annihilation of Fish
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 house run by Mrs. Muldroone (Margot Kidder). Living across the hall from Fish is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The romantic comedy avoids the trap of being cloyingly cute, winning us over to the appealingly daffy world view of its two wonderful stars."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Burnett has crafted a poignant, utterly believable film out of the most unlikely of set-ups."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Andy Klein, New Times
"[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."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"Stuffed to the gills with kookiness, this Fish tanks."
‑ , E! Online
"A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, no doubt due to the fine performances from Jones (other than his poor accent) and Redgrave."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"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."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"What's Right: Nice performances from Redgrave and Jones."
‑ Dave White, IFilm
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