The Shape of Water

Best Picture Oscar Winner!

Director: 
Guillermo del Toro
Year: 
2017
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
123 mins
Cast: 
Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes "The Shape of Water" - an other-worldly fairy tale, 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. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

"Fairy tales hew to time-honored story lines, and some may fault 'The Shape of Water' for the traditionalism that underlies its phantasmagoric surface. It’s the getting there that bewitches, though, and a performance by Hawkins that’s smart, scared, furious, profoundly erotic, and regal — all without saying a word. Love doesn’t speak in this movie. Instead, it swims with unparalleled style." - Boston Globe

"'The Shape of Water' is partly a code-scrambled fairy tale, partly a genetically modified monster movie, and altogether wonderful." - The New York Times

"In other hands, this story could have been lurid and silly. Here, told through Hawkins’ ever-dancing eyes, it’s poetry; some performances don’t need words." - The Seattle Times

"'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." - Los Angeles Times

"It’s a heartbreaking love story about loneliness and the transcendent power of language, and it’s simply magical." - Screen Crush

"Perhaps the greatest of 'The Shape of Water’s' many surprises is how extravagantly romantic it is, driven throughout by an all-conquering belief in soulmates as lifelines." - Variety

"Without a single weak link in the exceptional cast...it’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." - The Playlist

"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." - Screen International

"This meticulously crafted jewel is del Toro's most satisfying work since 'Pan's Labyrinth.'" - The Hollywood Reporter

"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." - Indiewire

"There’s something here for lovers of all kinds of movies — even silents and musicals — but the director transcends mere pastiche to craft a work that feels like the product of our collective film-going subconscious." - The Wrap

"It’s certainly one of the most romantic and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful movies of the year." - Chicago Sun-Times

"The result is an acting duet that will haunt your dreams and break your heart." - Rolling Stone