91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The amazingly natural first-timer was discovered, in a gift of publicity-ready truth, while having an argument with her boyfriend at a train station.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's been a good while since I've seen a movie whose most powerful sequence was both unforeseen and entirely unpredictable as it played out.
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90

NPR

Andrea Arnold has crafted a scene that approaches a literal embodiment of the term "kitchen-sink drama" here is most likely coincidence; nevertheless, her film is a bold new entry in that long-standing British tradition of disquieting social realism.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
While you're remembering new high-impact names, add Arnold. In only her second film, after 2006's "Red Road," she keeps the screen filled to bursting with the beauty and raw terror of life.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's oppressive and claustrophobic, confused and scary in there. But it's also compellingly real.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A brilliantly acted and achingly bleak coming-of-age story.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
The film belongs to Jarvis, however, and she makes the most of it with expressive features that convey Mia's mixed-up emotions from raging temper to sweet vulnerability. She will go far.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Arnold generally steers clear of cinematic melodrama, and Jarvis infuses the entire film with the sort of kinetic spirit that heralds a new talent.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Fish Tank should be seen for what it does well and for what it hints may come, if Andrea Arnold and her audiences are lucky.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Even 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.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.