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The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

Score: 7.44 / 10

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Producer: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
Running Time: 123 minutes

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The Shape of Water movie reviews

  • 9

    The Shape of Water

    Saturday, February 3, 2018 12:23:40 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" as only Del Toro could imagine it, where the real monster is man. Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon are fantastic, as always. A modern fairy tale that is just the right degree of darkness. Not a boring moment. Fabulous!

  • 10

    The Shape of Water

    Saturday, February 3, 2018 11:58:47 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    Imaginative, extremely well acted, excellent dialog and great on the eyes.

  • 9

    The Shape of Water

    Saturday, February 3, 2018 10:43:16 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    Excellent human-humanoid love story with extra credit to Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer.

  • 9

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 2, 2018 6:12:09 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    A great fantasy. Sally Hawkins kept drawing us in. Her boyfriend, well... A god from the Amazon, Aquaman. Breathe.

  • 9

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 2, 2018 6:03:59 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    Imaginative, absorbing, visual and oddly romantic, this film was a surprise and a good surprise at that. Who would have thought you could feel for two mute main characters, one a cleaner, the other a fish? Hats off to the film makers for pulling this off with humour and excitement thrown in for good measure

  • 9

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 2, 2018 12:46:43 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    Darkest Hour and TSOW - my favourite 2 films of 2017.

  • 7

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 2, 2018 10:07:26 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    This movie may be better on second viewing, but as it played out exactly as I expected, an underwhelming feeling lingers. On too many accounts del Toro restrains himself which leaves the film feeling restless as it falls short in succeeding the same emotional hits that his previous films have. But even a weaker del Toro film is still a thousand times better than most blockbusters.

  • 10

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 2, 2018 10:03:28 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    Amazing movie! The normals are dysfunctional and the outcasts are pure love. Like no movie Ive ever seen.Must see!

  • 8

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 2, 2018 9:59:05 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    Gorgeous filmmaking. Loved the originality in all. Imperfections are subtle. Too on the nose with thematic threads in B and C stories. Might have done better to explore fewer subplots and backstories. Overall impressive and I would watch again because it's just glorious visually. Cannot conceive of anyone else but Sally Hawkins in that role!

  • 10

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 2, 2018 9:31:34 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    It's the best auteur driven "mainstream" film out there, that may not outlive Del Toro's previous masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth but may actually be a better film, having been sculpted from pure soul and an outsize imagination.