The Shape of Water User Reviews

Current Rating: 3.40

Current Rating: 3.40

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  • 4 stars Lovely and strange, The Shape of Water is a thoroughly unique and entrancing film, if one that could have used a little more subtlety and a little less violence. Sally Hawkins is captivating as a mute woman who befriends a fish man, and their relationship is the film's highlight. The film becomes a water ballet of romance, but the relationship goes from 0 to 100 really fast, not allowing for much growth before pure love takes over. But the film is gorgeous to behold and the plot, while rather predictable, is engaging and magical, making room for some charming musical detours. Supporting actors Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins turn in solid work and Michael Shannon is demented as the villain of the piece, however, del Toro occasionally lets his campy and over-the-top tendencies get in the way. The film is needlessly violent in a few scenes and a sense of quiet intimacy would have put the film on another level. As such, the film never reaches the emotional heights it intends to. Still, there isn't anything quite like The Shape of Water in cinemas currently and the actors and lovely score deserve recognition here.
  • 5 stars This is a very "out there" movie. In many ways, it defies explanation. But there's something so remarkable and beautiful about it that it doesn't really matter. It's a very simple story, and one that you have seen a hundred million times, but the way Del Toro's use of film language, the clever script and Sally Hawkins' magnificent performance keep things from being stale. The fish man is also very well done, employing the combination of practical and digital effects to make him seem just human enough to sympathize with him, and alien enough to make him seem otherworldly and unique. If I had to nitpick, there are a couple scenes in the beginning of the film that don't really lead to anything, but they're only about a minute long each, so it doesn't detract much from the film as a whole. Overall, it's a very strong film and really deserves recognition and admiration.
  • 5 stars Finally I got to see this today and it was way better than I thought it would be. Super cool!!! I'd see this again.
  • 5 stars This will definitely not appeal to everyone as it's very off the wall but it really is a great movie. It's completely different than anything out there right now for sure. So strange is the story but beautiful to watch. The actors are really good too. And the music.
  • 5 stars Film was so weird and so wonderful at the same time. Cool.
  • 5 stars Worth seeing again, it's that good.
  • 5 stars Exactly what I thought going in, AWESOME!! Great and weird story, and the visuals are unbelievable. It's meant to be seen on a big screen for sure. Still thinking about it, lol!!
  • 5 stars It's a work of art with a camera. The mood, the set, the actors. Probably as good as it gets... period
  • 1 stars This water's got Montezuma's Revenge written all over it, 'cause it's pure cinematic diarrhea.

The Shape of Water

Genre:  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  123 min.
In theatres:
December 8, 2017 - Toronto
December 15, 2017 - Vancouver, Montréal
December 22, 2017 - Expands

Current rating: Rating: 3.40
based on 750 votes and 117 reviews
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Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer