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  • Summary: How do you learn to love again when the pain of the past won't let you go? When you're 32 with a troubled history and a doubtful future, it’s a question that isn't so easy to answer. And for Tracy Heart (Blanchett), it's a question she can no longer ignore. (First Look Features)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Erin Free
    90
    Confrontational, raw and always compelling, Little Fish is a film of rare power and conviction.
  3. 88
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    80
    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).
  5. 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.
  6. Little Fish is a small film about one family and drugs, but it succeeds in standing for a larger social catastrophe.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    25
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. HarryV.
    Mar 30, 2007
    10
    Australian director Rowan Woods has made an arresting, gut wrenching gem of a film that practically no one has seen. It
  2. ChadS.
    Apr 20, 2007
    9
    "Little Fish" is, hands down, the best film about the price one has to pay for a youthful indiscretion. Next to drug addiction, having a child before you turn twenty-one is a piece of cake. The child grows up; you grow up, too. You mature. But if you're a recovering heroin addict like Tracy(Cate Blanchett), mom still cooks your meals and you're the manager(an overglorified clerk) at a video rental shop. Tracy is thirty-two, but she might as well be eighteen. Tracy is three years into her recovery(who glows with good health as she walks through the streets of Little Saigon; the baggage isn't perceptible), but her situation is tenuous at best, since drugs still has a stranglehold over her brother Ray(Martin Henderson), a dealer; her mom's ex-boyfriend(Hugo Weaving), a user; and her boyfriend Jonny(Dustin Nguyen), a dealer and a user. Tracy is like a little fish who has to manuever past all these other seemingly benign fish that, in actuality, can swallow her whole. Since Tracy can't get the small business-loan(to buy her boss' shop) in order to go legitimate, there is the ominous possibility that she and Jonny(who is still an active drug-dealer) will turn out like Moss(Joel Tobeck) and his wife(who has the hair, attire, and child in the crook of her arm like any soccer mom, but the bad skin and hard demeanor of a drug trafficker), a suburban couple with two kids and a double-life. In the final scene of "Little Fish", the filmmaker brilliantly lays out Tracy's(and her cohorts') arrested development and their uncertain future. Kids, the filmmaker is telling us, don't do drugs, or you'll forever be the boys(and girl) of summer. "Little Fish" is, sorry, swimmingly, brilliant. Expand
  3. NoelT.
    May 6, 2006
    8
    Another great Australian movie. Blanchett, Neill and Weaving show a great maturity in their acting. They have learnt their craft well. The story may be so common, so sad, so hopeless and so uninteresting to some, but Australia is far from it! Expand
  4. AS
    Jul 18, 2006
    8
    I really liked this movie. It might be confusing to some, because you're always walking in to the middle of the plot at every point. But I think that is interesting. Also I love the way you get to share the feeling Blanchett's character must be feeling, a struggling but quiet calm amidst chaos and temptation. Expand
  5. WayneB.
    Apr 12, 2006
    6
    The bottom line: phenomenal performances in a murky story. The characters are very well drawn and superbly acted. The story, however, is as clear as a mud puddle on a stormy day. Everything is sort of smothered in backstory and exposition. Clarity would've made this a landmark film; that clarity, however, is sadly lacking. Expand
  6. H.B.
    Apr 20, 2006
    5
    The acting is OK. The story though is so common, so sad, so hopeless, so uninteresting. But that is Australie, I guess.
  7. JonM.
    Aug 18, 2006
    5
    Something amiss here, powerful performances, creative cinematography, and yet the resulting package is still dissapointing, predictable and ultimatly forgettable. In its quest to be a worthy, award gathering critical success, this movie forges forward with great ambition. Unfortunately, in doing so they fail to include any elements to make Little Fish in any way interesting or entertaining. Despite this, I am sure Blanchett, Weaving et al will no doubt receive endless back patting from the Hollywood thesp set for their performances. If Rowan Woods can keep extracting performances like those, a better film must surely be on the way. Expand

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