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6.4
/10
3,077 Ratings

The Shape of Water

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
United States, 2017
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Synopsis

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

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The Shape of Water Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Golden Lion

Academy Awards

2018 | 4 wins including: Best Picture

2018 | 9 nominations including: Best Lead Actress

Despite all the positive representation of marginalized people and the explicit condemnation of men who work for the government, the film takes a gleeful delight in torture and pain.
April 19, 2018
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Del Toro’s filmography has always been predicated upon gratuitousness, whether of violence or sentimentality, and The Shape of Water has both in spades, from its hyperbolic gore (Shannon dragging Stuhlbarg around by crooking his index finger through a gaping bullet hole in his cheek) to its vapid flights of fancy (a risible Astaire-Rogers dance fantasy) to its nudge-nudge sprinkles of manufactured Visual Poetry (not to be confused with actually beautiful compositions, of which there are none).
January 08, 2018
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A movie that, upon reflection, seems to me to be among del Toro’s worst, even as it is being lined up by critics, festival juries, and its Oscar-mongering distributor as his crowning achievement to date. . . . There is an airless, self-adulatory quality to The Shape of Water that not only spoils the fun but reverses it, so that every ostensibly enchanted gesture becomes an alienation effect.
December 20, 2017
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