The Annihilation of Fish
The Annihilation of Fish (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 28, 2000
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The romantic comedy avoids the trap of being cloyingly cute, winning us over to the appealingly daffy world view of its two wonderful stars.

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Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

Burnett has crafted a poignant, utterly believable film out of the most unlikely of set-ups.

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Andy Klein
New Times

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.

F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

[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.

E! Online

Stuffed to the gills with kookiness, this Fish tanks.

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, no doubt due to the fine performances from Jones (other than his poor accent) and Redgrave.

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Dave White

What's Right: Nice performances from Redgrave and Jones.

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