Finding Nemo (2003) (mini-review++)

05(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 9

directing 9

effects 9

editing 8

writing 8


4.3 out of 5 🐙


The fish story to end all fish stories. Another refreshing story in an animated world heretofore unseen. Sure, there have been stories set under the sea but not like this. The Little Mermaid merged land and sea in a thoroughly enjoyable way but not a pseudo-realistic way like this movie does. Yes, I know it’s not “realistic”. I’m speaking in degrees here. The touching story of how far a parent will go to save their child is a theme that hits pretty much everybody. But Pixar again delivers this well-trod story skeleton with a stunning voice cast, a smorgasbord of hilarious characters, and a heart that you can hear beating from above the water. The spoiler is in the title itself so I assume you all know Nemo was found. But even though most moviegoers expected that happy ending, it still managed to feel death-defying. It’s truly a touching film and I feel gross even saying that sentimental word and admitting my sappiness.

Feels level (0 being no tears, 10 being waterfall): 5 – When Nemo is taken by the scuba diver, it hurts like a mother. When they finally reunite it hurt so good that pressure hits your eyeballs and forces them to sweat. It wasn’t crying. I wasn’t crying. I was sobbing. Tears of f**king joy.






(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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