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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. The story sustains a strong, hypnotic appeal well deserving of its many awards.
  3. 80
    Dark, wickedly funny tale.
  4. Compelling parable from Canada that's open to a number of interpretations.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    A film whose charms are odd and indefinable by design.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Visually striking and viscerally repellent, director Denis Villeneuve's Quebecois oddity offers a nightmarish vision of one woman's unraveling, the likes of which haven't been seen since Roman Polanski pushed Catherine Deneuve off the deep end in "Repulsion" (1965).
  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