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Shape of Water, The (15)

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

The critical consensus

This is a monster movie made with real love.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 08/02/2018

Del Toro’s Valentine to boundary-crossing love pours from the screen in ravishing torrents of feeling and style. And Hawkins is sublime.

*****Kevin Harley, Total Film, 12/02/2018

Describe it and this sounds completely weird and a bit creepy, like some extremely niche fetish porn with a budget. Watch it and it’s magical; fantastic in all senses. It’s the biggest risk of del Toro’s career and it could not have paid off more.

*****Olly Richards, Empire Online, 12/02/2018

Del Toro’s greatest work. Simply magnificent.

*****Matt Thrift, Little White Lies, 14/02/2018

I don’t think I am a full-scale Del Toro believer, but no one can doubt his film-making’s richness, savour and force. It is immersive cinema.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 15/02/2018

You will cheer her on as she takes a stand for love in a world that seems determined to surrender to fear and suspicion.

*****Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 16/02/2018

The end result is truly perfection.

*****Beth Blakemore, The Wee Review, 17/02/2018

Guillermo del Toro’s magical movie, a cold war thriller, is underpinned by a superb cast and knowing nods to Hollywood classics.

*****Mark Kermode, The Observer, 18/02/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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