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The Shape of Water Reviews

December 26, 2017
The movie's worldview is as easy to like as the protagonist and her friends, but del Toro lays it on so thick that there's no room for counterargument or even independent thought.
December 22, 2017
"The Shape of Water" is director Guillermo del Toro's finest film, a lovely, empathetic tribute to Old Hollywood, monster movies, outsiders and love that could only come from the mind of the visionary filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 19, 2017
The more I try to find some kind of justifiable meaning and relevance, the more I find The Shape of Water a loopy, lunkheaded load of drivel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 14, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2017
An enchanting re-imagining of "Beauty and the Beast," it is an unforgettably romantic, utterly sublime, dazzling phantasmagoria.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 14, 2017
"The Shape of Water" is one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 13, 2017
You never know where "The Shape of Water" is going. But, like water, you let it engulf you and sweep you away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 10, 2017
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.
December 8, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 8, 2017
As much as The Shape of Water's disparate parts shouldn't work - and as much as its "originality" is sourced from the thousands of other fables del Toro has consumed over his lifetime - it does, in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
December 7, 2017
To place yourself in GDT's hands, as he tells the type of story he tells better than anyone else, is a rich pleasure.
December 7, 2017
The Shape of Water makes the deepest dive into romance this year of any movie - literally, figuratively and on both sides of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2017
Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral overtones, it's a film that plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon.
December 7, 2017
As prodigious as del Toro's vision and craftsmanship are, it's Hawkins who gives palpable life to his deepest ideals, and their undertow of longing for connection, not simply as a matter of romantic love, but civic virtue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2017
More than any movie in recent memory, this is one you really need to discover for yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 7, 2017
It's a finely calibrated film, brimming with romance, excitement and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 7, 2017
"The Shape of Water" is a love story like no other, and it features one of the year's most heart-wrenching performances nestled in a supreme confabulation of cinematic craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 7, 2017
At the start, I worried that the film might prove merely winsome, like a Maryland "Amélie," but Hawkins makes it taut and fierce.
December 6, 2017
"The Shape of Water" is brilliant, but sick - or maybe it's sick, but brilliant. In any case, it's something to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2017
"The Shape of Water" is devoted, madly, to the notion of love as a state of liquid bliss, and we see that bliss and a hundred other emotions in Hawkins' nonverbal (mostly) but endlessly expressive performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2017
Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" is like a beautiful painting you keep visiting at your favorite museum, because it continues to reveal its brilliant magic in new and different ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 5, 2017
It's hard to come away from this film and not believe that, in his heart, writer/director del Toro is a romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 1, 2017
Del Toro might have made The Shape of Water, but Sally Hawkins owns it.
December 1, 2017
... marvelously rhapsodic in ways that recall films like Jean Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" without ever seeming slavish.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 1, 2017
Even if you're not transported by every minute of the film's story, though, del Toro creates such a sumptuous visual world that it's impossible to take your eyes off the screen.
November 30, 2017
"The Shape of Water" is a flow of sumptuous images set to music, a flood tide of feelings with a mythic undertow.
November 30, 2017
Nothing is out of place in The Shape of Water, especially its heart. The cast is universally flawless, as is the lavish production design of Paul. D. Austerberry and the sumptuous cinematography of Dan Laustsen.
November 30, 2017
It's both weird and wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 30, 2017
Ultimately, this is a film from a group of terrific talents that never quite comes together the way you'd hope. It's just too fluid to wholly take shape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 30, 2017
Perhaps foremost, the film plays like an ode to the black-and-white staples that helped forge del Toro's passion for movies, drawing upon those old-fashioned virtues even as the director seeks to update them with a distinctive spin.
November 30, 2017
In a corporate-run franchise-driven industry, del Toro's movies are refreshingly personal. All of this is true of The Shape of Water, but still, something's off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 30, 2017
A role-reversal monster movie with gorgeous visuals from Guillermo del Toro and a knockout performance from Hawkins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 30, 2017
"The Shape of Water" is partly a code-scrambled fairy tale, partly a genetically modified monster movie, and altogether wonderful.
November 29, 2017
"The Shape of Water" is such a gorgeous, deeply felt movie I wish that del Toro didn't still have some of his schoolboy urge to gross us out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 29, 2017
The scenes that take place in a seemingly undersea world are stunning, and del Toro's filmmaking technique buoys a love-story narrative that at times feels a little too straightforward for its unorthodox conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 28, 2017
Under all that rubber and slime, 6-foot-4 actor Jones continues to impress as the go-to monster for Del Toro and the rest of Hollywood. He's as synonymous with practical effects as Andy Serkis is with performance capture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 27, 2017
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 analyze how del Toro does it. Just dive in. There's magic in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 14, 2017
The story goes exactly where you think it will. It's an utterly lovely, complacent movie, too comfortable with itself to generate real dramatic tension.
Top Critic
September 13, 2017
The beastliness offsets the beauty nicely, like splotches of grisly red on the film's lustrous, sea foam-green color palette.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 13, 2017
One of [del Toro's] deepest, most complex, most rewarding, and flat-out beautiful films.
September 2, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2017
There's enough magic, and extraordinary visual imagination, to smooth the edges of the movie's problems.
August 31, 2017
For all the veering from one genre to another, neither does it feel rough. Del Toro's tight directorial control sees to that.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
August 31, 2017
A ravishing, eccentric auteur's imagining, spilling artistry, empathy and sensuality from every open pore, it also offers more straight-up movie for your money than just about any Hollywood studio offering this year.
August 31, 2017
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 ...
August 31, 2017
There's something here for lovers of all kinds of movies - even silents and musicals - but del Toro transcends mere pastiche to craft a work that feels like the product of our collective film-going subconscious.