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  • Summary: Set in Montreal and narrated by a blood-smeared, dying fish, this is the surreal story of a young woman who accidentally kills a fish butcher and the anguish that follows.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. A splendid instance of a surrealist vision that serves to heighten the impact of genuine emotions experienced by believably real people.
  2. 80
    Dark, wickedly funny tale.
  3. Sensual, funny and, in the end, very touching.
  4. 75
    Strikingly photographed, Maelstrom, which explores its nautical themes in non-linear fashion, is not for all tastes. But I, for one, was hooked by this fish's tale.
  5. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    70
    Not too far below the gloss you can still feel director Denis Villeneuve's beating heart and the fondness he has for his characters. Because he does, you and I can too.
  6. Probably the first romantic drama ever narrated by a smelly dead fish.
  7. 20
    Wanders all over the map thematically and stylistically, and borrows heavily from Lynch, Jeunet, and von Trier while failing to find a spark of its own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3