The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water (2017)

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 22, 2017
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Shape of Water finds Guillermo del Toro at his visually distinctive best -- and matched by an emotionally absorbing story brought to life by a stellar Sally Hawkins performance.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The movie's worldview is as easy to like as the protagonist and her friends, but del Toro lays it on so thick that there's no room for counterargument or even independent thought.

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Cary Darling
Houston Chronicle

The visual stylist spins an adult fairy tale that takes elements from "Beauty and the Beast" and recasts them in an alternative universe that's a wonderfully rendered twist on our own.

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Sarah Watt

... while there are several beautiful, aquatic set-pieces, the story shuffles predictably towards its conflict and conclusion. For those who want look and feel, this may be enough.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

"The Shape of Water" is director Guillermo del Toro's finest film, a lovely, empathetic tribute to Old Hollywood, monster movies, outsiders and love that could only come from the mind of the visionary filmmaker.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

An enchanting re-imagining of "Beauty and the Beast," it is an unforgettably romantic, utterly sublime, dazzling phantasmagoria.

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Wenlei Ma

A visually spectacular fairytale, The Shape of Water is a dazzling film, anchored by a masterful performance from the effervescent Sally Hawkins.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

The more I try to find some kind of justifiable meaning and relevance, the more I find The Shape of Water a loopy, lunkheaded load of drivel.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Shape of Water" is one of the best films of the year.

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Tony Stamp

While the parallels Del Toro is drawing will be too clunky for some, the film's huge heart and good intentions are always on display.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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Nate Zoebl
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Bradley J
Lovely and strange, The Shape of Water is a thoroughly unique and entrancing film, if one that could have used a little more subtlety and a little less… More