The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water

Sally Hawkins (Paddington) leads this Best Picture Oscar winner, other-worldly fairy tale from Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro, set in Cold War America. The film led the 2018 Academy Awards race with a massive 13 nominations, taking home four.

Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth). In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures) discover a secret classified experiment.

Best Picture, Director, Production Design & Original Score, Academy Awards 2018; Best Director & Original Score, Golden Globes 2018
2018Rating: R16, Violence, horror, sex scenes & offensive language123 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Time Out

Time Out

press

If you can imagine an aggressively adorable -- and somewhat effortful -- version of Amélie in which our hero f---s the Creature from the Black Lagoon, you're totally feeling this.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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"The Shape of Water" is partly a code-scrambled fairy tale, partly a genetically modified monster movie, and altogether wonderful.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Del Toro provides just enough spade-work to keep the scheme plausible and his film is stylish and charming; red meat for the senses with some sugar on top.

4.0
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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Del Toro is a world-class film artist and he proves it in this Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins, unforgettable) who falls for an amphibious creature. Don't t analyse how del Toro does it. Just dive in. There's magic in it.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

It’s brilliantly directed and acted, but there’s something fishy about the romance.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A dark-edged fairy tale as lovingly steeped in vintage movie magic as it is in hypnotic water imagery, this captivating creature feature marries a portrait of morally corrupt early-1960s America with an outsider tale of love and friendship ...

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FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...magical, old fashioned cinema, which proves to be vibrant, delightful escapism rich with emotion and significance.

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Collider

Collider

press

The Shape of Water not only entertains as a sumptuous fairytale, but it reinforces a faith in humanity set in a time where tolerance of other races, nationalities, and non-"family values" love was volatile. And it's percolating back to the surface again.

0

The Shape Of Water Review

'the shape of water' i don't know how to explain. Basically just one big fairy tale with a lot of s*x in it.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

If you can imagine an aggressively adorable -- and somewhat effortful -- version of Amélie in which our hero f---s the Creature from the Black Lagoon, you're totally feeling this.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"The Shape of Water" is partly a code-scrambled fairy tale, partly a genetically modified monster movie, and altogether wonderful.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Del Toro provides just enough spade-work to keep the scheme plausible and his film is stylish and charming; red meat for the senses with some sugar on top.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Del Toro is a world-class film artist and he proves it in this Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins, unforgettable) who falls for an amphibious creature. Don't t analyse how del Toro does it. Just dive in. There's magic in it.

0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

It’s brilliantly directed and acted, but there’s something fishy about the romance.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A dark-edged fairy tale as lovingly steeped in vintage movie magic as it is in hypnotic water imagery, this captivating creature feature marries a portrait of morally corrupt early-1960s America with an outsider tale of love and friendship ...

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...magical, old fashioned cinema, which proves to be vibrant, delightful escapism rich with emotion and significance.

0
Collider

Collider

press

The Shape of Water not only entertains as a sumptuous fairytale, but it reinforces a faith in humanity set in a time where tolerance of other races, nationalities, and non-"family values" love was volatile. And it's percolating back to the surface again.

0

The Shape Of Water Review

'the shape of water' i don't know how to explain. Basically just one big fairy tale with a lot of s*x in it.

4.0
0