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An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.
Adventure Drama - This is a romantic drama with a fantasy/science fiction twist,
between a human woman and a male aquatic creature. Those sensitive
to the idea of interspecies romance and sexuality would be best to
steer clear. Sexual content such as that, language, violence, and
general adult subject matter make the film not for kids. While
centered on the lead character played by Sally Hawkins, there are
substantial supporting parts for familiar face such as Richard
Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Shannon.
PROFANITY: 11 F-words; 11 S-words; 1 GD; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex between a woman and a creature with nudity. VIOLENCE: Shootings with blood; fingers cut off; throat slashing. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and frequent tobacco. ACTION: Some fighting. COMEDY: Comic lines and physical gags, sometimes suggestive.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good The Shape of Water is a special movie with relevant themes and a strong emotional payoff. It rebukes intolerance, affirms love in all its forms and guises, and does so with a strong dose of adventure and suspense. This is one of the year's best motion pictures.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average In a corporate-run franchise-driven industry, del Toro's movies are refreshingly personal. All of this is true of "The Shape of Water," but still, something's off.
NY PostFull Review Above Average ...doesn't really catch the imagination the way his 2006 masterpiece "Pan's Labyrinth” did, though it's undeniably gorgeous, packed with swooning homages to old Hollywood. 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.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good Del Toro works visual miracles in a film spiked with mirth, menace and an extravagantly generous empathy that transcends language. Del Toro is a world-class film artist. There's no sense trying to analyze how he does it. Just dive into the experience. There's magic in it.
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