The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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The filmmaker's fearless commitment to his vision, supported by a fantastic cast and well-chosen talent in every category from makeup to musical score, has made this unlikely concept a strange but fascinating triumph of creative confidence.
The Shape of Water is subversive without meaning to be political. It invites us to consider the strange, romantic pairing of its two main characters, and in challenging us with this vision, it challenges us to consider how we view each other.
The Shape of Water may too obviously foreshadow how these characters will eventually collide violently and ideologically, but del Toro's pop storytelling remains so effortlessly jazzy and hypnotic that it hardly matters.