What Are Critics Saying About Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’?

Has the director bounced back from 'Crimson Peak?'

The Shape of Water Movie Reviews
Sally Hawkins in the film ‘THE SHAPE OF WATER.’ Photo by Kerry Hayes. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved Kerry Hayes/20th Century Fox

Director Guillermo del Toro has a new film on the way which is a big deal for some and nothing more than a blip on the radar for others. Either way, you’re probably at least interested to hear what the critics are saying as The Shape of Water continues to screen at the Venice Film Festival. By all accounts, it sounds like the movie is pretty good, but don’t take my word for it.

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The Telegraph‘s Robbie Collin:

[The Shape of Water] is unquestionably del Toro’s best, richest film since his 2006 Spanish-language masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth. Crucially, it’s also one that he and he alone could have dreamt up.”

Time‘s Stephanie Zacharek:

Guillermo del Toro understands monster love better than any other living filmmaker, and his new movie, The Shape of Water…is about the finest love letter any movie monster could hope for.”

Variety‘s Guy Lodge:

“Credit the marvelous Hawkins, her fine-featured but robustly expressive face in constant emotional motion, for making us believe as swiftly and as easily as we do that Elisa and the creature are made for each other.”


The Shape of Water takes place in the year 1962 and follows a mute janitor and her co-worker who are employed by a government laboratory that is examining a mysterious amphibious creature. Out of loneliness and curiosity, the janitor befriends the creature.

The film is being rolled out over the next few months at several different film festivals, including Telluride and Toronto. All of the good word-of-mouth the movie seems to be generating is welcome news to del Toro fans. The filmmaker’s last effort, Crimson Peak, failed to hit the mark with most fans and flopped at the box office.

The Shape of Water opens wide on December 8.

What Are Critics Saying About Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’?