The Shape of Water - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Shape of Water Reviews

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January 14, 2018
For all its many accomplishments, the film falls a little short. I am not often enough moved by the film, and not entirely engaged to let it flow through my subconscious, as perhaps intended.
February 13, 2018
From the world's most over-rated A-list director, Guillermo del Toro, comes yet another visually distinctive, tonally flat work of glum fantasy...As usual, Del Toro's acolytes have promptly fallen into line praising this overlong pseudo sci-fi pap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 3, 2017
[A] labored attempt at a gentle fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 26, 2017
The thematic masochism is intrinsic to del Toro's art - miserably picking the scab of one's self-esteem. But the architecture here is too cardboard, despite a high level of craft among the cast, to make us feel the pain, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 30, 2017
...the nicest way I can describe it is E.T., phone Harlequin.
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
January 6, 2018
For me, this manner of finding your beloved pretty much died with the tide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 8, 2017
Enchanting and annoying in equal measures.
December 7, 2017
The Shape of Water is beautifully crafted on a technical level, just like del Toro's other films, but it's no more communicative than Pacific Rim. And like Crimson Peak, it renders the idea of romantic melodrama oddly abstract.
February 15, 2018
All plot holes can be subsumed within the magical-realist tone for which Del Toro is famed. Yet there's an uncomfortable tension between the film's whimsical, Amélie-light (or, lighter) style and its clumsy political point-scoring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
December 14, 2017
Guillermo del Toro's latest is a virtuosic love letter to classic cinema of multiple eras and genres. It's a shame, then, that it's so lacking in substance and coherent purpose.
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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
January 19, 2018
This mash-up of alien and immigrant hardship, in which lonely Elisa finds sexual release with a sea creature, is pervy, ridiculous, and humorless.
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 7, 2020
The Shape of Water's visual, acoustic, and emotional fluidity transports us into an underwater world where we are free to breathe again.
July 23, 2020
It's pleasant and pretty, the execution largely distracting from feeling that the script is something of a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 29, 2020
A love story birthed by a pure love of cinema that's derivative as it is celebratory of its many inspirations.
December 6, 2019
A fairy tale as universal as it is weird.
January 16, 2020
The Shape Of Water will charm the pants off of you, and you won't even mind the fishy smell afterwards.
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