The Shape Of Things
The Shape Of Things (2002)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: LaBute returns to his earlier themes of cruelty in relationships, and the results hit hard.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

When the players themselves are conceived this superficially, LaBute winds up invalidating his own point.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

[Director] Labute presents a ballsy, daring, and truly original portrait of human cruelty...

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Time Out

There are barbs here to tickle anyone's paranoia, but the callousness isn't illustrative, just exploitative.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

In The Shape of Things, love doesn't just hurt: It bites, and bites deep.

Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

A grim and cynical but ultimately arresting exploration of personal expression and modern love.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

There's an immediacy to many scenes that's hard to deny. These people get under your skin and gnaw away.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

With outstanding performances from Rudd and Weisz, this is an unsettling, provocative and nasty little gem.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

Neil LaBute is among the more interesting cinematic talents to emerge these past half-dozen years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Steven Carrier
Neil LaBute completes a trilogy (unofficial, of course) of films about how men and women act and treat each other. "The Shape of Things" (adapted from… More
Ginny  X
<i>I got a girlfriend, she goes to art school, I got an art school girlfriend, yeah!</i><br><br><center><img… More
Dan Schultz
A pretty well put together film. There's parts where the "awkwardness" of a lot of the scenes overtake the mood of the movie. I didn't feel… More
Alice Shen
I love this pretentious mindfuck. I am Evelyn. Not really. Although I did play her in an acting class once.
Jennifer Xu
The dialogue is uncomfortably recitative and I get the feeling LeBute is doing it on purpose. Which I don't understand because my insides feel EXTREMELY… More
Michael Gildea
A great, great movie. If you can appreciate great characters and an awesome story check it out. If you don't like watching people be mean, get over… More

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