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1,154 Ratings

The Shape of Water

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


A mysterious and magical journey set against the backdrop of Cold War era America, circa 1963, with an otherworldly love story at the centre of it.

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The Shape of Water Directed by Guillermo del Toro

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  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film The Shape of Water

    For all its flaws, it has one moment of true magic: The creature, standing in the middle of a cinema starring at the projected film. Del Toro's oddity, proclaimed in-film as a god, facing the pagan gods in the biblical Story of Ruth. Del Toro shows he reveres cinema above all else. Yet at the same time it's representative of TSoW's lack of subtext and in-your-face attitude to its narrative and thematic concerns.

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Shape of Water

    Cumming towards fate. Eggs à la Orgasme. Sea Creatures with shining Kyanite-like LED skin beats as if veins revealing feelings. Muteness+silence overthrowing menacing words and threats. Taking care of one's teeth and fucking a lot. Female agency. Being human is sparing animals and creatures as well as saving our fellow man and woman. Oh Hi Rodney McKay from Stargate SG-1/Atlantis. That Jeunet-like opening>oh such ❤ ▽

  • José Neves's rating of the film The Shape of Water

    0. Digital. Shapeless. With an endless soundtrack and a pretentious style, it repeats, in crescendo, what i wrote in relation to the series "Dark": everything is a huge banality but always doing "sensitive", with an unstoppable camera - 99.9% of the frames are with a camera in motion, in spurious and ugly descriptions. Supposedly a fable about the difference, it's no more than an industrial product of/on the same.

  • Jason's rating of the film The Shape of Water

    THE SHAPE OF WATER is less a fairy tale than it is a bombastic and silly creature-type feature using the Cold War as a kind of overdetermined window-dressing and hedging that its rank sentimentality will feel less like nauseating schmaltz since we are, when all is said and done, talking about interspecies sex. I could go on w/ high-minded criticism, but ultimately it all comes down to how utterly annoying I found it.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water is a sub(lime) fairytale that spins common tropes of 1950s sci-fi and romance flicks into something entirely original. Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer are delightful. I also loved the tender soundtrack, and have listened to it a number of times since watching the film. "Yes, pie for breakfast — trust me on this."

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film The Shape of Water

    Del Toro's latest is beautiful to look at and Desplat once again stuns with his delicate sensibilities. However, for a film that asks me to believe in a love story between a mute and a fishman, I found the emotional component to be oddly bland, devoid of magical moments and often just plain ridiculous. It's a pleasant film, but not a strong one.

  • virginwolf's rating of the film The Shape of Water

    Wait, what? Didn't we already see something like this? It feels like a rerun of a show you didn't really liked in the first place. A dull, boring deja-vu. Somethings gotta change if they want to keep us looking at moving pictures...

  • Matt Richards's rating of the film The Shape of Water

    Gorgeous art direction that channels the era and colourings of Amelie are matched with an excellent cast and superb camera work. Unfortunately TSOW doesn't know who it's audience is; it has ample nudity suggesting it's adults but then confounds with a simplistic good-vs-evil setup that even Michael Shannon can't save and a cheesily predictable ending. 2.5 stars

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