The Shape of Water Reviews

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August 6, 2020
Del Toro's "fairy tale for troubled times" has the limitations of even the best fairy tale, a lack of social concreteness and urgency, but its positive qualities are real.
August 1, 2020
The Shape of Water probably had inclusive goals in mind, but execution is everything.
July 23, 2020
It's pleasant and pretty, the execution largely distracting from feeling that the script is something of a missed opportunity.
July 1, 2020
"The Shape of Water" never truly coalesces, handing viewers a collection of admirable parts but a whole that's left wanting.
June 27, 2020
There is an enchanting escapism, in which Del Toro uses a visual display and sociopolitical parables in order to embellish romanticism in a film that honors the genres of cinema. [Full review in Spanish]
May 29, 2020
A love story birthed by a pure love of cinema that's derivative as it is celebratory of its many inspirations.
May 20, 2020
Something of a cinematic miracle -- the kind that Del Toro has given us over the years to the point where I'm starting to feel spoiled.
March 23, 2020
[W]ith The Shape of Water, one of our greatest storytellers has made his masterpiece.
February 21, 2020
Art depends on a specific point of view. The Shape of Water is flawed, but there's no denying it's art.
February 8, 2020
The Shape of Water's visual, acoustic, and emotional fluidity transports us into an underwater world where we are free to breathe again.
February 4, 2020
This is a elegantly portrayed love story set against a shifting background that leaves you wanting to see more happy endings.
January 27, 2020
A beautiful, dark fairy tale from Guillermo del Toro...
January 16, 2020
The Shape Of Water will charm the pants off of you, and you won't even mind the fishy smell afterwards.
December 6, 2019
A fairy tale as universal as it is weird.
November 12, 2019
Once again, del Toro has raised the bar in his creativity and made an unconventional romance into a stunning fairy tale.
October 17, 2019
The Shape of Water lives and breathes such defiant romanticism it's hard not to swoon.
October 10, 2019
[Guillermo del Toro] has directed Sally Hawkins in a remarkable performance telling this tale of love without saying one word in an elaborate production that is visual, imaginative and enthralling from beginning to end.
October 10, 2019
Interestingly primed but never fully satisfying, The Shape of Water will enchant those inclined towards the film's romantic investments in one of Del Toro's most willfully rosy-tinted films concerning mankind.
September 30, 2019
Like the best film monsters, it's difficult not to feel some sympathy for him. Because his spiritual rot born out of toxic masculinity began a long time ago and there's nothing he can do about it.
September 30, 2019
In his greater films, del Toro is able to strike a balance between harsh violence and sentimentalism, but the alchemy doesn't necessarily work here.
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