The Shape of Water

Genre:  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  123 min.
In theatres:
December 8, 2017 - Toronto
December 15, 2017 - Vancouver, Montréal
December 22, 2017 - Expands
Digital: February 27, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray: March 13, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.74
based on 1110 votes and 236 reviews
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Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer

Synopsis

A lonely, mute cleaner named Eliza (Sally Hawkins) has few friends, other than her co-worker, Zelda (Octavia Spencer). They both work in a hidden, high-security government laboratory.

Eliza likes to wander around the laboratory and discover what the scientists are working on. She comes across an amphibious creature kept in a small tank of water and realizes that the creature can not only communicate, but is intelligent and has emotions. 

She develops a relationship with the creature, who was captured in the Amazon before being brought to the laboratory for experimentation. When she discovers that the scientists, including Strickland (Michael Shannon), plan to kill him in order to study him, she decides it's time to help her new friend escape. 

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay: Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Official Site: foxsearchlight.com/theshapeofwater

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  • 5 stars "From the beginning to the end this fairy tale romance is very entertaining. Great performance by Sally Hawkins and well directed. Brilliant!!"
  • 1 star "Poor contrived mess of a movie."
  • 1 star "One of the worst movies I have ever seen. A mute lonely woman having sex with a alien lizard man. I don't see anything beautiful or fantastic about this movie. People were getting up and leaving. I stuck it out thinking it would get better. It did not. If I could rate it zero stars I would."