Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics What's this?

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  • Summary: Leeward (Dustin Guy Defa) and Mary (Brooke Bloom) cannot even agree on their three year old daughter’s name anymore. Mary is a hardworking nurse who dreams of only one thing—changing her life. She resents her husband for being an irresponsible, overgrown adolescent incapable of holding down a job. Leeward is an atypical, idealistic musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and a New Age visionary. Enter Lilas (Lola Bessis), a 19 year old French artist and daughter of a world famous painter, who’s trying to make it in New York and get away from her overbearing mother. When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple’s tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Prigge
    Sep 15, 2014
    75
    It subtly counteracts the cliché that creative expression can save your life by making its protagonist a hipster Peter Pan whose creative expression is an excuse not to grow up.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O’Malley
    Sep 17, 2014
    70
    There are small moments that shiver with chaos and uncontrollable emotion in Swim Little Fish Swim.
  3. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Aug 18, 2014
    68
    What ultimately holds the film back, I believe, is its tendency to err too far on the side of that sweetness — it indulges too often in the hallmarks of the mediocre indie, the stuff a press release might call quirk, to level its more substantial points with real seriousness.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Weisberg
    Sep 16, 2014
    40
    The performances often enliven the stale material... But the script's naïveté is galling.