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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.
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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