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: 94% 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.

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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

You never know where "The Shape of Water" is going. But, like water, you let it engulf you and sweep you away.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

If The Shape of Water never quite breaks out of the confines of what's basically a tale as old as time, it's still an artfully executed diversion further strengthened by an excellent central performance by Hawkins.

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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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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Eggs, water, and-yes-sex all play crucial and overlapping roles in director Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, an adult fairy tale that is at once deeply familiar and utterly original.

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Pete Hammond
Deadline Hollywood Daily

Guillermo Del Toro's magical masterpiece is simply a fever dream of a romantic movie - and then some.

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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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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

It's a testament to the storyteller's skill that he manages to cram [so much] into his narrative with nary a lump and still keep his characters dancing with only one or two minor missteps.

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Sarah Boslaugh

In The Shape of Water, del Toro and co-screenwriter Vanessa Taylor make it appear easy to do something that is really quite difficult-grounding the film from start to finish in a fictional world that has its own inner logic.

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