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Fish Tank

The life of hot-tempered teen outcast Mia (Katie Jarvis) takes an unexpected turn when her mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), brings home a handsome and mysterious boyfriend named Connor (Michael Fassbender), who pledges to bring sweeping positive changes to the household. British writer-director Andrea Arnold's sophomore feature won Best British Film at the 2010 BAFTAs.
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A bold new entry in the long-standing British tradition of disquieting social realism.
 
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  full review
 
Writer-director Andrea Arnold, working in British lower-class realism, still finds wondrous moments of connection in Mia's life.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
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  full review
 
The film swims in an anguish not solely the result of Mia's coming of age -- and yet, it surfaces for air in ways compelling and uncompromising.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
 
To the script's credit, when the climax comes it feels inevitable yet surprising too -- that ideal combination.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
In a year less crowded with new young talent, Katie Jarvis might now be getting fittings for her Oscar nomination dress.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
 
Fish Tank digs around in its protagonist's psyche, unafraid to explore. It's oppressive and claustrophobic, confused and scary in there. But it's also compellingly real.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
Watching Fish Tank is, as the title implies, like gazing through the glass of an aquarium at the lives of those trapped within, whose only chance of escape would seem to be through death and the indignity of being flushed down a toilet.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
Unfolds as a conventional coming-of-age story, yet Andrea Arnold hasn't altered her persuasively jaundiced view of men, who seem as pitifully helpless against their horndog urges as the women foolish enough to care for them.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Jarvis, whom the director reportedly discovered at an Essex train station, is nothing less than a revelation in a performance that is tender, spiky and utterly fearless in its physical and emotional range.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
A remarkable downer-upper paradox: a bruising tale of teenage resilience, honest and emotionally complicated and alive.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
 
Arnold sees everything through Mia's eyes and never steps outside to explain things from any other point of view. She knows who the young girl is, and we are left to assume.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
The brilliant power of the film comes from the gritty reality Arnold creates.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
As it stands, Fish Tank is a valuable movie, though it aspires to a social insight it doesn't attain and a psychological penetration it won't maintain.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
Jarvis' debut performance is a bracingly authentic revelation. She was discovered by filmmakers in a train station as she fought with her boyfriend, and brings just the right blend of feisty forcefulness and awkward tenderness to the part.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
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