The Shape Of Things
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The Shape Of Things
After a detour into lighter and more compassionate fare with Nurse Betty and Possession, Neil LaBute returns to the themes of his earlier films with this dark and corrosive look at male-female relationships. Adam (Paul Rudd) is a chubby, bespectacled nebbish of a college student who makes money in his spare time as a security guard at the university's art museum. One evening at work, Adam spies another student preparing to deface a statue -- Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), a beautiful art major who is offended by a fig leaf that's been used to "censor" a statue of a nude male, and is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When the players themselves are conceived this superficially, LaBute winds up invalidating his own point."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The facial jewellery, Elvis Costello music and cell phones notwithstanding, you keep expecting these people to challenge each other to duels with rapiers at dawn."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"[Director] Labute presents a ballsy, daring, and truly original portrait of human cruelty..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"LaBute gives us a sequence of scathing emotional violence that outdoes anything I've seen this year."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The actors all benefit from intimate knowledge of difficult parts, and barbs at modern art and sexual mores do cut through."
‑ Colin Kennedy, Empire Magazine
"There are barbs here to tickle anyone's paranoia, but the callousness isn't illustrative, just exploitative."
‑ , Time Out
"In The Shape of Things, love doesn't just hurt: It bites, and bites deep."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A grim and cynical but ultimately arresting exploration of personal expression and modern love."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"LaBute's observations about our self-destructive obsession with appearances may not be original, but his ability to create articulate, provocative characters is."
‑ Wendy Weinstein, Film Journal International
"LaBute returns to familiar territory (albeit with a gender twist) that would have been best left unvisited."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"There's an immediacy to many scenes that's hard to deny. These people get under your skin and gnaw away."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"With outstanding performances from Rudd and Weisz, this is an unsettling, provocative and nasty little gem."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Neil LaBute is among the more interesting cinematic talents to emerge these past half-dozen years."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Go see The Shape of Things, a peculiarly acted, nasty caper, and decide for yourself whether we are being set up by LaBute with a manipulative device or if he is speaking to our frailties and telling truths."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"What on earth has happened to this director?"
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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