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The Shape of Water

  • Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, War
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 123 min.

Set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

"One of [del Toro's] deepest, most complex, most rewarding, and flat-out beautiful films."
- Brian Tallerico,
"To place yourself in GDT's hands, as he tells the type of story he tells better than anyone else, is a rich pleasure."
- Chris Klimek, NPR
"This meticulously crafted jewel is del Toro's most satisfying work since Pan's Labyrinth. "
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"It’s a heartbreaking love story about loneliness and the transcendent power of language, and it’s simply magical. "
- Oliver Whitney, ScreenCrush
"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."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"Ms. Hawkins reminds us how intense silent films could be. She gives the best performance of the year with the most heart-piercing silence you’ve ever seen. "
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Guillermo del Toro channels all the streams that make him unique into The Shape Of Water, pouring his heart, soul and considerable craft into an exquisite creature fable. "
- Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
"Not only is The Shape of Water one of del Toro’s most stunningly successful works, it’s also a powerful vision of a creative master feeling totally, joyously free. "
- Ben Croll, Indiewire
"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."
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
- Jake Coyle, Associated Press
"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."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Filmed in aquatic hues and bathed in nostalgic mid-century style, The Shape of Water is both a love story and a love letter to monster movies, musicals, and classic cinema. Del Toro’s affection for the genres – and for the magic of film in general – is clear in so many charming and not-so-charming touches. "
- Sarah Kurchak, Consequence of Sound
"The Shape of Water is a wonder to behold. 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. "
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Without a single weak link in the exceptional’s a film that makes you feel a lot. But overridingly you feel lucky — lucky to be watching it, lucky that something so sincerely sweet, sorrowfully scary and surpassingly strange can exist in this un-wonderful world, and desirous of hanging on to as much of its magic for as long as you can after you reemerge back onto dry land. "
- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist