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Shape of Water

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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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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.
(Jim Schembri, 3AW)
The Shape of Water doesn't cohere into the fairy tale promised by the dreamy opening. It makes its points with a jackhammer, wielding symbols in blaring neon.
(Sheila O'Malley,
The Shape of Water is a movie of too many ideas, including love. For that reason alone, it drinks like a bottomless glass of velvety wine.
(Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out)
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. Not as stupid and pointless as that other critically overrated piece of junk Get Out, but determined to go down trying. I call this one "Maudie Meets the Creature From the Black Lagoon."
(Rex Reed, New York Observer)
What I can't forgive is how static and simplistic these characters are... With no ambiguity, there's nothing for my brain to do except passively watch these soggy characters as they wade to a predictable, saccharine conclusion.
(Molly Laich, Missoula Independent)
Rather than engaging with the genre in a meaningful way, [Guillermo] del Toro's film is boring, broad, and unoriginal, without any magic or charm.
(Chelsea Phillips-Carr, PopMatters)
I felt nothing for the characters which makes the premise of rooting for the misunderstood a moot point.
(Jamie East, The Sun)

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