91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The actors are terrific, especially Weaving, who plays bottoming out as a tragedy spiked with gallows humor, and Blanchett, who digs deep into the booby-trapped nature of recovery. The revelation, however, is Rowan Woods, a major filmmaker in the making.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

Confrontational, raw and always compelling, Little Fish is a film of rare power and conviction.
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88

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The film's title refers both to tiny, fish-shaped vials of liquid heroin and the small fry flitting around the edges of the urban drug scene.
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80

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
As in all her screen performances, Ms. Blanchett immerses herself completely in her character, a damaged, high-strung woman determined to live the straight life while surrounded by temptation.
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80

Village Voice

While Little Fish takes a turn for the generic in its final act, solid acting, an atmospheric soundtrack, and flare-filled cinematography more beautiful than an Apple screensaver are enough to keep the film afloat.
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80

Variety

Blessed with stellar performances, especially by lead Cate Blanchett as an ex-junkie looking for a fresh break, this sophomore feature by Australian director Rowan Woods marks a strong return after his powerful debut, "The Boys" (1998).
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Little Fish is a small film about one family and drugs, but it succeeds in standing for a larger social catastrophe.
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60

Empire

By Patrick Peters
Strong performances and meticulous direction make this consistently disconcerting, but the subplot distracts from the moving human drama.
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25

New York Post

Why was this pointless movie made? Because quality actors like Blanchett and Weaving like to play drug addicts. They can't stop themselves. They need help.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.