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Shape of Water

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  Shape of Water Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
7.45 /10
Sally Hawkins , Octavia Spencer , Michael Shannon
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Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Written by: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Released: 2017
Origin: US
Length: 123

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Itís an utterly lovely, complacent movie, too comfortable with itself to generate real dramatic tension.
(David Edelstein, New York Magazine)
The Shape of Water is whimsical, boldly original, defiantly weird, occasionally grotesque, and beautifully shot... yet, despite all of that, the film didn't quite work for me.
(Max Weiss, Baltimore Magazine)
With all its grandeur and charm, the fact that this is a love story between a woman and a monster is too ridiculous to ignore.
(Candice Frederick, GameSpot)
Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) has an expansive imagination, but his limitations as a storyteller have created a film that is beautiful but cluttered, visionary but formulaic.
(Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week)
Thereís enough magic, and extraordinary visual imagination, to smooth the edges of the movieís problems.
(Stephanie Zacharek, Time)
Beautifully shot, designed, and acted but dramatically inert.
(Sonny Bunch, Washington Free Beacon)

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