Fish Tank
Fish Tank (2010)

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

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 15, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2010
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

David Denby
New Yorker

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Writer-director Andrea Arnold, working in British lower-class realism, still finds wondrous moments of connection in Mia's life.

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Kristin M. Jones
Film Comment Magazine

[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.

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Ian Buckwalter

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

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David Germain
Associated Press

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.

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Dan Jardine

Fish Tank is a very strong effort at every level, and should signal great things to come for all involved. Bloody good movie.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Katie Jarvis has a natural presence that matches the unsentimental minimalism of the film.

Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The film becomes a caricature of arthouse miserabilism, which asserts that the only truths are the ugly ones.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
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… More
Julie B
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… More
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
Jim Hunter
A troubled teen finds hope in dance and aggression everywhere else. There wasn't a moment during Fish Tank when I didn't think that the camera was… More
Jens S.
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… More
Mark Walker
Director Andrea Arnold's debut "Red Road" was a raw and vivid portrayal of a working class Glasgow area. Now she takes us to a working class… More