Dream with the Fishes
Dream with the Fishes (1997)

A botched liquor store robbery and attempted mugging results in the teaming of two disparate losers, one who ostensibly wants to die, and the other who is going to die whether he likes it or not. The black comedy begins as stodgy and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 20, 1997
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

Despite the emphasis on Oedipal conflict, the film expresses no desire to enter the grownup world; happiness here is associated with eternal adolescence, following the '70s (and now, apparently, '90s) ideal.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

The quirky-misfits-on-the-road genre is nothing new or revolutionary, but the film possesses a naive charm that is as refreshing as it is rare.

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Margaret Pomeranz

Dream With The Fishes is quite a moving but perplexing film.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A throwback to the independent-minded, anything-goes movies that followed in the wake of Easy Rider in the early 1970s.

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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

As the film progresses, however, it begins to accumulate all sorts of unnecessary characters and subplots that only serve to weigh it down.

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Dream With the Fishes is a personal kind of story told with a sensitivity that, while not exactly Oscar-worthy, does manage to touch on feelings most mainstream films don't even admit exist.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Clearly, it wishes to be different, but anyone who fondly recalls the buddy films of the '70s will find it to be more of the same.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

A harangue on how ironic it is that men often attack one another verbally and physically as a way to get close.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Parts of the movie focusing on drugs and wanderlust seem like throwbacks to the '60s, but most of the story is more self-indulgent than sociological.

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