The Shape of Water (2017) - Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Hohum Score

12

Watchable

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.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer
Length: 123 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 240 out of 1024 found boring (23.43%)

One-line Reviews (519)

There are many things left unanswered, a couple of issues with the antagonists and the finale is quite predictable and thus not very satisfying.

boring .

Just enough worldbuilding, full characters, visually stunning.

We get that the white straight man is the enemy now, Hollywood, you might as well leave these kind of dumb messages out of your films, turning it into a bunch of socially pretentious garbage.

The actors seemed boring, the plot has been done before in one form or another.

One of the Most Stunning Experiences in the Theater.

Once I settled into appreciation that this was a different type of film (much like Pan's Labyrinth), I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It could have lasted at least half an hour less because the pacing is just so slow and boring at times.

The dialogues were terribly boring, the music going along with it annoying (especially as the movie switched to become a musical for a few moments) and basically it is a rip-off of Hellboy and Beauty and the beast.

Slow, boring, depressing, racists you know a usual award winning movie.

Fell asleep .

So if you'd rather watch paint dry and a cat get it head eaten, then this one's for you.

Even Disney would find the premise of this film unoriginal and predictable.

Very boring .

This was one of the worst movies I've watched in years and a waste of my time to watch.

It is definitely a movie worth watching.

This movie is so so so boring idont know how this movie won 4 oscar this movie will make you donot trust of oscar wining itis level is far away below than other best pictures movie And so so boring ,2017 was great year for movie and how this one won 4 oscar and best picture iam very dissapointed

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS MOVIE!

Could be the WORST MOVIE of ALL TIME .

when this film was presented to those who make them, did no one say, "whoa.. slow down there a moment Tonto, this isn't a good idea.

Didn't Deserve Best Picture, but Still Worth Watching .

Bad Story , Boring as hell .

And my intuition did not fail, Shape of Water is boring, weird, and overly-sweet all at the same time.

Like others the story was boring and silly and so much fluff was added because it lacked a story.

It was boring and unoriginal.

Enjoyable!

The monster was boring, they deserved each other cause they were so boring.

Waste of time and money.

Don't waste your time on this overhyped garbage.

Absolute rubbish, felt like a waste of my life.

Perhaps it was due to having high expectations, but I left the theater feeling that it not only should not have won best picture, it shouldn't have been nominated.

Compellingly shot and a compelling lead.

As with most Del Toro movies, the sets, production design and creature effects are painstakingly designed and visually arresting, not to mention his effective, evocative use of music.

The worst movie I saw .

Some other scenes were a little monotone.

I wasn't overly captivated and would definitely see this movie as more of a piece of artsty, oscar, festival worthy cinema-making than an exciting or fun movie.

Same story here but with a boring and darker tone instead of the comic and enjoyable performance of Tom Hanks.

Story is dull amd highly predictable.

Her life is quite mundane and unfulfilled.

Don't waste your time, there are better love stories out there.

The story is compelling and it makes you root for its characters as if you knew them in person and besides it's cliches and predictability, it never lets you down.

Boring plot with a stereotypical villain- white racist male with a singular desire to "not fail".

I highly recommend it.

Still, definitely worth watching.

He just felt like a bland and simple bad guy to move the plot.

Or it could have been as dark as his earlier masterpiece "Pan's Labyrinth", if the director had gone wild with horror, but the director chooses to compromise and now the end result has become a bit bland.

Or a real comedy thats enjoyable and worth remembering.

Waste of time and money.

The lead character seems to be the palest, most uninteresting and weak, and naturally fails to drive the story ahead.

Plot is too slow.

But the thing is, I always hold out this forlorn hope that somehow, against all odds, at the finale the movie will redeem itself, explain away the vacuous plot holes, hackneyed acting and ridiculous, cliché ridden dialog, and make SOME kind of sense.

But the story was contrived and rather silly throughout, and the ending was exactly as expected.

A visually impressive, but ultimately formulaic and bland film .

Waste of time .

Perhaps it is a story that is only enjoyable for people that daydream.

Maybe they realized that they bored the audience, so they jump right into the fish creature romance.

Predictable, oversentimental, clichéd.

Worst Movie I have ever seen, couldn't get more than half way through it.

This sumptuous love story between human and amphibian may not be to everyone's taste, but if you go with it, Guillermo del Toro's offbeat romance hardly puts a (webbed) foot wrong, with its stunning production and creature designs and a beautiful whimsical tale that never forgets the harsh and cruel realities of the real world.

Perhaps the worst movie I've ever seen.

Splash - boring version .

Could be one of the worst movies that I actually watched all the way to the end.

It was predictable to the point of absurdity and so heavy handed in it's preaching on social mores that I found it insulting.

Worst movie i ve ever seen ,bizarre.

I give it 6/10 because it was enjoyable to watch in the moment, plus other pleasantries, such as Michael Shannon and some lovely cinematography.

It is thoroughly enjoyable, heart touching and thrilling as well.

Though not typically a fan of romance in movies, the fantastical elements of this film and occasionally corny tone made this film very engaging for me.

The soundtrack, while unique, only played into the boring portions of this movie and almost pushed my focus away from the movie even more.

Expect the unexpected, float away and enjoy the ride.

THe movie is well directed, has nice visuals, nice score but it is not original, the ending is totally predictable.

very boring, excellent production value though .

The difference between art and propaganda is not simply that the latter has an agenda.

It was kind of fascinating to watch each scene, excellent cinematography by the way.

A film truly worth watching, no matter what you prefer.

Dumb and Cringe-Worthy Boredom .

Waste of time .

Even the music alone is worth the watch.

The story is plodding and boring with nudity added for zero reason.

Visually the movie is stunning.

Languid liquid voyage into an incredible love story.

Boring, no depth, predictable plot, with a gallon of uncomfortable things.

The Shape of Water is a movie worth watching multiple times just for the sake of it.

Add the ending from Splash, with the girl and creature living happily ever after under the sea, another cliche.

This sumptuous love story between human and amphibian may not be to everyone's taste, but if you go with it, Guillermo del Toro's offbeat romance hardly puts a (webbed) foot wrong, with its stunning production and creature designs and a beautiful whimsical tale that never forgets the harsh and cruel realities of the real world.

Though, there may be few points in some scenes which the fans claim about, but while the storyline is boring and goes in a slow way of playing which makes you feel watching a snail crawling on the edge of a rail and of course sometimes stops in this way for minutes; then, what would you say about it...?!

Overall don't waste your money on this.

This movie was slow, boring, depressing at times, subtly racists and what was the point?

The costume design and makeup make are outstanding, as the creature is so intriguing and rather beautiful.

It has a predictable story with no major arc.

The only reason why i give it a 9 instead of 10 is because at times it was a bit slow.

Boring .

Are we reaching that stage in the growth of an art where almost everyhing worth saying has been said and out of boredom we applaud the nonsensical, the absurd, the empty effort simply because it is differrent from the average movie.

Don't waste your money.

Worst movie to ever win an oscar.

But still I was getting very bored, dont know why because it has very good production value, its like the story has no drive, anyway I stopped watching halfway.

why so cliche with that much money?

"The Shape of Water" is fantastical and breathtaking.

I lasted about 30min and I got so bored that I just quit.

It was a complete waste of time watching it.

Not a fleshed-out, philosophically vacuous, overrated, overinflated, oversaturated propaganda!

Dont waste your time .

The performances are solid, the visuals are absolutely breathtaking and the entire film whisks you away into this romantic fairytale.

It is just boring and sometimes really silly.

It's a very long boring movie, had a hard time staying awake to watch it.

Sure, the use of water in this film is kind of intriguing, with one scene in particular coming to mind involving a flooded bathroom.

There are several reasons why The Shape of Water has won four Oscars and another 134 different awards, and that is, it is an outright visually stunning masterpiece.

In the end its hard to imagine this being enjoyable by anyone who reads above a first grade level or has maturity beyond a thirteen-year-old who gets titillated by a naked woman in the bathtub.

Worst movie I've ever seen .

Boring, stale tropes of the evil corporations/military oppressors over the misunderstood and gentle working class.

If have to watch a movie to spin it a certain way for others, then it is an unwatchable movie.

To conclude, this is a very elegant and beautiful fairy-tale that is definitely worth watching.

As always, del Toro delivers a visually stunning film which is a joy to watch.

Woman doesn't only sympathise with its plight - no, way too boring, that won't bring the crowds in to see the movie.

I have try to fall asleep...

THE SHAPE OF WATER is basically the quintessential del Toro film - beautiful on the outside and crafted with great attention to visual detail, but shallow and formulaic in terms of substance.

With a storyline as inventive and unique as this one, it makes for a fascinating couple of hours of viewing and, if you like films that take risks and dare to be different, there is a lot to enjoy about it.

Overall, good and enjoyable movie (more enjoyable then last years oscar winner, which should have been La La Land imo) but on a level of story and writing lacks the magic.

The production design is nothing short of exquisite, and the team definitely deserved the Oscar for the stunning and unique visuals of this film.

Beautifully made - compelling love story - everything you want to see in theaters and more!

Boring and overrated .

Left me bored for the second half .

I don't say it's his best movie, to me that's still Pan's Labyrinth, but it's certainly worth watching.

I would say don't waste your time - I wish I hadn't.

This movie is very boring and dumb.

Nonetheless, of course I recommend checking out "The Shape of Water" as this was a very entertaining over 120 minutes, especially with Shannon's character going full rogue towards the end, even if it is not the high-quality love story I wanted it to be.

This story of unexpected love from what I would define as two misfits of a society that doesn't fully accept either of them.

It is worth watching this movie with a reflective spirit.

somehow feels very empty...

Now don't get me wrong, "The Shape of Water" is actually an enjoyable movie.

Utterly predictable.

You can promote an inclusive society with art, I agree, and show prejudice in our culture in art, also, but just tossing into the story bits and pieces of disgusting and contrived behavior is insulting.

One day, an asset arrives at the lab, a merman dragged from the sea by his handler and now guard Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon).

The biggest problem is the pointless character threads and dumb characters.

The movie moves at a decent pace and is quite entertaining.

It's appalingly predictable and pretentious...

Gripping .

No mystery, no plot twist.

What a complete waste of time.

It's a total waste of our time with a laughable effort.

The young and old should walk out of the theater, look at each other and say "wow that was great".

it was so predictable and it contain a Lots of Sex scene Which was not nasserly in the story

Waste of time.. .

It was entertaining...

As Elisa executes her amphibian extraction mission she gets some unexpected help from the Russian scientist and Zelda (who first rightly implies that she's out of her mind).

A great and brilliant love story, combined with Del Toro's direction, the script he co-wrote with Taylor, the performances of the cast, Desplat's score, Laustsen's cinematography, Wolinsky's editing, Austerberry's production design, Melvin and Vieau's set decoration, Sequeira's costume design, action sequences and visual effects, The Shape Of Water is a brilliant and entertaining movie!!!

Compelling character design and an interesting setting make it an enjoyable watch.

This is why Oscar love the movie apart from the premise which I guess seems simple, predictable, and ridiculous as I always see on the local television as romance crappy story.

To begin with I have to say that this movie is a walking and talking cliche of a so called Oscar-bait movie and what do you know - it's got some.

The Americana is stunning, and never been done better, or glossier.

The ending was predictable and appears as one of those you have seen a 1000 times before.

An Oscar winning film should have a riveting story line, along with intelligent subject matter.

Cinematography and sets were great but the story was as predictable as it was unlikeable.

I thought Shannon did a great job creating a compelling villain.

Then, there's the bland wonder at movies from "Cinema Paradiso" (1988).

But my goodness, what a horrible plot for an essentially boring story that centered around an oddball assortment of one-note characters.

It is so boring!

It may not be as great as Del Toro's past films, but it's still entertaining and well, weird.

Other than that, it's a major bore fest, loads of empty air, many "why did we waste time on this plot path?

In terms of content and enjoyment, save your money, don't watch the vomit inducing, awful movie.

Boring, confused in its goals, and generally painful to watch, it not only failed to suck me into its world, it made me want to leave it and never return.

The whole time, I felt as if I was watching a political propaganda about how one should treat minorities or people of a different race.

I can't really complain much about this film, I found it very enjoyable in fact and would recommend it to anyone.

While propaganda is singletrack-ed.

The relationships are interesting and the chemistry is wonderful however, the story is so predictable.

The story is a bit slow in the middle, that is its biggest flaw.

This is a boring, slurred movie, about a mute girl who falls in love with an amphibian humanoid creature.

The 1960s setting might have served for an interesting back drop for Del Toro to explore social issues, but it's script is so on the nose, his characters so dull and formulaic, that it waters down any meaningful message.

Overall I believe the film would have benefited from a less expansive story, one that left international politics and irrelevant intrigue alone in favor of something more procedural and slower paced.

The story is unique and truly entertaining.

Weird and boring.

Liberal Propaganda.

And whether you agree with this winning Oscars or not, or whether you find the story engaging enough, the movie delivers a certain standard that is way above average.

In my opinion, this film is incredible - and has plot which is completely unpredictable (which is rare these days).

The definition of boring movie (watched on 2020) .

A Boring Remake Of The Creature From The Black Lagoon .

When it's in uhd you know it's being backed by the liberal propaganda machine.

The movie is so damn fascinating because of scenography, photography and soundtrack.

It was visually stunning from beginning to end, with a beautiful dark fantasy like feel throughout each scene.

It's frustrating, stretched out, boring, not thought provoking at all.

At times much darker than typical expected, this sci fi/monster movie offers up a revealing and perhaps profound statement about prejudice and humanity as also depicted in two other small, independent movie pieces Wavelength (1983), an engaging early sci fi movie about children's attempt to save captured space aliens and Artic Heart (2016) which just happens to be a contemporary synthesized creature version of Shape of Water.

Overall I think the movie was dull and at best, slightly weird.

The central character is intriguing, and the story is engaging.

All of the people I watched with enjoyed it.

To the rest of us they have failed miserably and made us waste our time.

If boredom were a shape, it would be the same shape as 'Water' .

It's just boring to watch this one dimensional lady wandering around with her eggs.

Despite the absence of speech, Elisa uses other methods-especially in the water- to connect and communicate with the creature, making her self-expression fill the void that was empty in her life with someone who will love her just for the way she is.

The story is unique enough to keep me engaging for the whole time.

There was so much potential but basically nothing happened, and the "twist" is so obvious.

Absolutely bland .

Don't waste your time.

The movie itself is the perfect combination of intriguing storytelling mixed with visuals that are vintage Del Toro and excellent performances by the ensemble cast.

A lovely soundtrack, engrossing cinematography and first rate acting (among other things) make this one of 2017:s best.

Using words like boring, flat would be too harsh.

The Shape of Water (2017) stylishly tells the story of a classic monster-adult fairy tale and fuses with old Hollywood musical, making it a fascinating experience.

So predictable and cliche .

And finally, the film portrays cruelty (torture of an "alien" and a cute pet cat getting its head bitten off - nice) and violence (pretty graphic scenes with a taser-like device, as well as several bullet holes in bodies, necks, heads, etc.)I won't give away the ending, other than to say it is entirely predictable (what did you expect, something original?

The movie was very slow moving and boring.

It's a slow buildup to that point and when it happens in the third act you know something will change the lives of all involved before the final reel.

I tried to imagine it was a veiled attack on racism, but it could just as easily be seen as pro-bestiality propaganda.

How atrociously boring!

Music, visuals, acting, and storyline, all things are so fascinating and well organized.

These monster movies or whatever you call them should be fun and enjoyable to watch.

I was expecting so much more of this movie, just a big waste of money to watch this movie in the cinema.

It's really boring.

The mute main lead was just as boring as the story and lack of intelligent plot.

The main plot movement is still fairly standard for a love story, and the ending is easily predictable.

It was weak, hard to gain any traction, and was frankly boring and poorly thrown together.

The first half or so is intriguing, suspenseful and otherwise powerful storytelling.

All in all, Del Toro and his cast and crew delivers a compelling film by showcasing unique and imaginative elements of the characters and story.

I have only one thing to say regarding this rather disturbed, meaningless movie: I just want to forget it.

Boring and weird for no reason whatsoever .

Let me fictive u this movie in short boring predictable and nothing new accept fish having sex with human I still don't understand how this movies a pure garbage won best picture instead of three billiboard outside Missouri which was outstanding well Oscar is sometime bias

one of the most things i liked about the film is how gorgeous it was, the cinematography is beyond stunning and that's the part that amazed me the most.

Del Toro demonstrates his excellent craftsmanship via the stunning decors, the uncanny atmosphere, the dazzling use of colors and a handful of imaginatively poetic moments.

From the beginning of the heroine living alone in a dull and even a little boring life to meet the Mermaid in the back of the whole people are immersed in love, even the raindrops outside the window to make her feel interesting, she began to become a day to look forward to, she is like all the girls in love to make themselves more beautiful rather than a hundred years of blue coat hair belt shoes, that red hair belt, red shoes, red skirt, are her hot heart.

The Shape of Water finds Guillermo del Toro at his visually distinctive best -- and matched by an emotionally absorbing story brought to life by a stellar Sally Hawkins performance.

This was the biggest waste of time ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Well-Intentioned But Trite Fantasy .

In the beginning, I couldn't see how this film was going to become interesting but once the mysterious creature, and Michael Shannon (Richard Strickland), came into play, I quite enjoyed it.

Editing calmly directs its different subplots towards the same outcome but pacing is a bit on the slow side, plus there are moments that could have used a few trims.

Predictable, sure, but vividly engaging!

Well produced movie .. but slow and boring .

But it looks like a monster that could easily be featured in a horror movie and the script skipped any rational initial caution, followed by a slow build up of sympathy and intimacy.

This movie was different, entertaining, weird and just a bit too long.

Such a boring film from such shallow moviemaker.

If I could put a zero I would have.. basically a really awfully beauty and the beast kind of story and the whole thing was a waste of my time.

How tedious it is!!

I do appreciate this director a lot and the characters are very compelling.

Typical 2017 political propaganda with little artistic value .

Sorry..just boring...

They could have done this better and without that thing I mean the frogman to deliver the message , the movie is too long and boring ...

Basically, she's engaging in bestiality, she may as well have had sex with a carp.

I appreciate that there may be deeper symbolism and subtleties that I have missed but I believe that a film needs strong characters and an engaging plot above all else and on that count The Shape of Water simply lacks substance, ironic as that may be.

Overrated and boring.

What a waste of time.

The other criticism of the plot is that it's pretty predictable.

But it's predictable, and bit flat.

With a queer cake blend of monsters, love, acceptance, and devotion, The Shape of Water can be deemed as a coming of age story.

As with all of the director's films it really is stunning to look at.

One of the worst movie ever witnessed by me and many others like me.

Slow, boring, don't waste your time, "all this good movie" garbage must be from paid reviewers.

I've thoroughly enjoyed del Toros work over the years, and I am an avid Sci-fi fan so this would have been a match in heaven if the movie hadn't been so utterly predictable, boring and...

It's interesting, different, entertaining, romantic, science fiction...

"The Shape of Water" has four speeds: slow, slower, slowest and reverse.

We're also bombarded by political correctness galore in one of the most stupid and boring two hours of GARBAGE.

REGARDLESS, this movie is a disgrace, it is the worst movie since Shallow Hal and Plan (9from Outer Space!!!!

Just a bit predictable.

Thoroughly enjoyable love story/science fiction.

So boring.

Really worst movie.. waste of time!

Yet i wish del Toro would try something else than the hip height camera stance and the constant moving around of the camera without having any kind of major reveal, it just makes it seem pointless.

Absolutely, very stunning to the eye and wonderful effects that were not "over done.

If "The Shape of Water" is termed a horror film, it is because the viewer must sit through an extra 30 minutes of boring torture.

It's very entertaining, Guillermo del Toro does an magnificent job, the acting is amazing, the soundtrack is beautiful...

Expected - Boring Oscar Movie .

I finally saw it on blu-ray and thought it was well done, despite its slow place and some graphic sex scenes mixed in with violence and harsh language that is not appropriate for kids.

A few twists help make the ending more exciting.

So boring .

But basically don't waste your time.

I didn't think it was so earth-shattering, breathtaking or groundbreaking.

Free Willy gets a sexy makeover as pretentious arthouse snobs decide they want a piece of the box office pie too.

Everything is so predictable, that I knew all that would come already before it would happen and that is kinda disappointing and sad.

This has to be the worst movie I have ever seen.

The character's writing does at times feel a bit dull or rudimentary, but Shannon's rousing performance gives the danger this film needs to counter its romantic charm, he's excellent in the role.

WORST MOVIE OF MY LIFETIME .

The first time I saw a Guilermo Del Toro movie was Cronos, which was on Syfy (back when it was the Sci-Fi Channel), and enjoyed it.

Mindlessly entertaining and well acted by Sally Hawkins with Octavia Spencer reprising an all to frequent character role and Michael Shannon a bit of a nasty villain.

Guillermo del Toro leads us on a beautifully compelling, and oddly romantic story about a woman and a fish who fall in love.

Please, don't waste your time watching this movie.

It was somewhat predictable.

Boring as hell, green filters and simplistic script and some of the best features of the film.

Overall the movie is well paced - neither too slow or too fast and the score by the always inventive Alexander Desplat is whimsical and romantic.

This is a one boring repetitive movie with nothing original about it.

Even if it is an inspiring story, it's predictable and made me leave the movie theater with the feeling that "I've seen this before".

The movie is just a drag, and everything is as predictable as it can be.

Early 60s space race intrigue, a mysterious creature being studied in a secret govt installation, the racism and sexism of that time, etc. But the movie itself left me unimpressed and bored.

Musical scene mid movie stupid and confusing.

why did I waste my life watching this?!?

Elisa's best friend and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) saves her a space in the queue for the clocking-in machine every morning, and has learned sign language so the two can chit-chat whilst carrying out their mundane job of cleaning piss up off the floor and, much to Zelda's befuddlement, the ceiling.

The more I try to find some kind of justifiable meaning and relevance, the more I find it a loopy, dull load of drivel.

bizarre and boring .

The Easter eggs or connections you find (Elisa and the amphibian man both being mute, Elisa wearing more and more red as the movie goes on, amphibian man killing Strickland by slashing gills on his neck) make for an enjoyable second viewing.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

Movie is of brilliant story telling and throw, background score mesmerises you, actors done a great job and worth the watch.

Definitely one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

He has presumably lost his job because of this, and risks the dangers of engaging with the much younger man who runs the local diner.

Dull story, threadbare characters, and scene after scene of dullness.

However, the story is a dull bizarre mess.

The color, the music and everything else are just stunning even I can only watch the tailored version in China.

Trivial and totally unworthy of an oscar, absolutely trivial and boring movie, I dont understand how it won Best Picture, disgrace.

This is just an average film what really is quite boring to watch, but worth watching just to see what the academy luvvies saw that I obviously didn't see.

The story was in parts so predictable, I could guess what the next shot would be.

Don't waste your time or money on this terrible film.

Pros: Original and interesting story, good storytelling, great visuals, very good acting by Michael Shannon, good overall acting, seeing Sally Hawkins completely nude, and a great use of music and propsCons: Some slow pacing, an overlong runtime, a cliché social message, and the movie was not as spectacular as the critics made it out to beOverall Rating: 7.2P.S. I truly don't believe this film deserved Best Picture.

I didn't care for the characters, Octavia Spencer's talent was wasted, and it was predictable.

Even though the actors are wonderful and transmit emotions magnificently, the story line was predictable, the pace too slow, the Broadway scene a disaster.

I think at many points this diversity propaganda hit piece was trying to be artistic.

Slow, boring, and a rip off of The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Worst movie of my life .

Thanks for god that I fell asleep twice in the theater.

I, like others, wonder what the hype was about, and why did I waste my time and money to see it.

Despite this, The Shape of Water is downright breathtaking, from its masterful soundtrack, striking performances and its twisted, sweeping, comedic and charismatic storytelling.

All in all, dont waste your time on such an awful film.

this is unrealistic , fake and awkward .. the idea and concept itself is very weird and stupid .. it has no sense and logic .. It is indeed a fantasy .. you've tried to put fantasy into real world in a very bad and boring way .. i tried to make sense of anything but it's not possible .. by far , the worst movie i'v watched .

The cinematography was stunning and the characters were devloped well.

The pace of the movie is intense without being too fast.

A pretty basic movie - a linear romantic drama with one-dimensional characters, cartoonish, badness-laid-on-so-thick-it's-laughable villains, conventional plot development and a fairly predictable ending.

Apart from a few and very predictable twists and turns, the story is like a water in a pipe, flowing into the gutter.

One of the worst movies ever made.

Really boring.

Of Olivia Spencer and Richard Jenkins , I can only say that these two are engaging actors albeit underrated most of the times.

This story of unexpected love from what I would define as two misfits of a society that doesn't fully accept either of them.

Anyone who is familiar with Guillermo Del Torro's work will know that this director knows how to create stunning visuals.

In short, this movie defies description and that is, I think, part of its intriguing charm.

The ending was stupid and predictable.

We start with completely pointless nudity and shots of our star masterbating (that probably scored big points with the Hollywood crowd - no wonder it won awards), then we're introduced to a series of characters, none who are at all likable, believable, or even interesting, including an absurdly cliched Dr Evil type who wants nothing more than to kill/torture our poor Black Lagoon dude.

After watching the first 20 - 30 minutes, I found myself thinking, I'm bored.

This is a complete waste of time.

Unbelievably, one of the worst movies ever.

Definitely worth watching.

But save your money, and don't reward these fools responsible for this travesty by seeing it at a theater.

I left with high hopes I'd see something worth watching later in the week.

Unfortunately, the screenplay is more oddball than engaging.

Better save your money and time.

At that point, del Toro seems to deliberately stall things, in no hurry to get to the rushed climax, so it all becomes drawn out and embarrassingly romantic.

This story was boring and predictable.

Sweet, whimsical, creepy, dull .

Tedious .

Fantastic and meaningful, but a little boring .

The movie was very slow and the plot didn't have enough potency to keep me interested for the duration of the film.

Thoroughly enjoyable and great performances from Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon.

Hollywood clearly had one of those hysterical mob love-ins with this film and forgot that it's actually a really tedious watch.

The cinematography was good and the story decent, but it was predictable.

Stunning .

Absolutely stunning .

There was no message.

Overrated and boring .

waste less time ...

The social message shown throughout the film is a little cliché (Love can be between anyone).

They are so intricate and IN the character that more than the otherwise bland love story I was impressed by their natural skills.

The idea had the makings of a fine story but was marred with a promenade of predictable characters and obvious denouement.

I sat in a very dark movie theater, and when I saw the scratches on the mistress' neck changed into a cheek that was very similar to the man's, I almost screamed, as if I had also merged into the dull dark green.

Worst movie i've sen till date .

What a horrible boring movie ever made.

The story is boring, for we've seen it a thousand times.

No nuance, no symbolism, just plain, repetitive, broken-record-style, in-your-face agenda.

The cast was outstanding, the story was brilliantly strange and fresh, but most of all the film delivered and really deserves it's Oscar (and even my Dad enjoyed it)...

It does nothing for the plot, which is predictable and boring.

The most empty film of the decade.

One of the worst movies I ever seen.

Boring movie just waited to get it over.

Cliché story and characters, underwhelming acting, poor writing, and an overall disappointment.

waste of time.

This has GOT TO BE THE WORST movie EVER to win an Oscar!

So typical of the crap that Hollywood has been dumping on us for far too long.

The story is interesting and engaging.

Not going to try and write anything fancy, but just wanted to say that it was a great film and I really enjoyed it, that's what movies are all about right?

There is no plot point or character in this movie that has not been seen in Hollywood a thousand times.

The paranoid reality of the Cold War also plays out through carefully placed propaganda posters, military showmanship and all manner of subterfuge.

Worst Movie Never .

The visuals are vibrant and stunning.

It wastes my money, wastes my money, waste my money.

Thanks to Gulliermo Del Toro's imagination you'll find yourself immersed in a new world.

It is so predictable that I guessed every single thing that was going to happen.

My advice to all - don't waste your time, you will regret it !!

The plot is so trite, PC is so obvious and crass, acting stilted and amateurish, and there are way too many cringeworthy scenes.

Beautiful to look at, intriguing story and a great cast.

Predictable, cliched missed opportunity.

In fact, 'Water' is your typical critically acclaimed Oscar bait whose boredom masquerades as beauty.

Impossibly boring badly done sh...

Visually engaging, bereft of anything enjoyable.

Good start then just went into a ridiculous predictable story, lost interest when she started having sex with a frog type man ?!?!?

Don't waste your time or money on this movie.

On the surface, the story of Water Shape Story is a pretty cliché love story.

I would highly recommend it.

One of the worst movies I have seen.

First of all, I had a real chuckle and belly laugh at all of the negative reviewers (all of you really are just so predictable - you've become the biggest bore-fest of the online, social media world), and low and behold there appear to be several uneducated idiots that simply do not like, or fully appreciate something as brilliant, as the movies of Guillermo del Toro.

After giving it more thought, I realized that it was formulaic in its own way.

The English Patient, Brokeback Mountain, they were just beautiful and beauty alone with no story behind it is boring.

Slow, Slower, Slowest and Reverse .

The rest of the movie is a complete waste of time.

The most empty film of the decade .

The story line is just about as predictable as they come.

This is left wing diverse propaganda at it's worse that is the same as what Disney are forcing down your throat.

This type of story has been told so many times that nearly every plot point in "The Shape of Water" is easily predictable, making for an unsuspenseful and even uninteresting viewing experience.

Empty, shallow and cheap .

Waste of time .

Bland in personality and largely inanimate, his primary function is to be a love interest, in a love story that is hard to relate to.

But since it's about love and drama, yeah, it's sort of boring for me.

The characters are one-dimensional (disabled or marginalised people are GOOD, other people are BAD); the tone is moralising, and the story itself is too absurd to be genuinely engaging.

Maja nahi aya yaar is movie me bore ho gya mai ye movie dekh ke

People who thinks this movie is bad, boring, stupid ect.

Self Indulgent Rubbish .

The cinematography and use of color was stunning!

Good actors, predictable storyline .

Very sightly entertaining How come such a fictional story can win or even be nominated for Oscar is beyond me

Puerile Hollywood-style PC propaganda .

I rarely dislike a film, I like all genres and enjoy most films but I had to fast forward through most of it, predictable, disturbing and just boring.

I think the overall story was a bit bland and too simple.

for me personally I did not like everything about it, It felt like the movie ended in the first act, everything beyond that felt forced and boring.

Amid the confusion, a hero or heroine emerges and begins to become intimate with the creature in question.

Loved Shannon's performance and Del Toro's depiction of Strickland though, both bold and so cliche that you can't take your eyes off that character.

The mainstream audiences apparently struggled to enjoy this film by Guillermo del Toro, but critics and the academy alike enjoyed it.

The story builds up Sally Hawkins' deaf character's mundane routine as a janitor at a research facility for about the first 20 minutes.

Though, as the story progresses, it gets predictable and the characters become superficial.

I highly recommend it.

As expected, it was a boring Oscar winning movie.

I've lost count the number of times how many clichés were in the film moreover the whole point of the film is just a boring and frequently discussed cliché: only inner beauty can generate true love.

With lighting, camera angles, performances, just about every piece of mise-en-scene, we're immersed in this world like a period piece.

For me The Post or Phanthom Theads made me think, where as shape of water and get out were just ticking boxes and tedious.

While it was very cleverly filmed, and no doubt required a lot of hard work to bring to the screen, I found it rather boring and stereotypical for this sort of genre.

However, it just suffered from being a very generic and very predictable movie.

It is romantic, thrilling and affectionate.

Very slow and nothing too interesting.

Cliché .

Starring Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins it is flattered with a stunning soundtrack, amazing visuals and brilliant performances.

That along with Del Toros' deft direction and a script that blends the romance of the story along with the sorrow of real life makes for a compelling watching experience.

I like that even smokers are included here--mainstream in the 1960s, but largely discriminated against today--it also reverses the cliché of cigarettes being associated with the baddies.

It was very tedious

I found its artistic and whimsical nature an unexpected delight and appreciated the vintage feel infused throughout the film, as well as the nostalgia it invoked, something most likely wasted on all audiences under the age of 50.

It's very disappointing when film makers saturate movies with unnecessary and unenjoyable whimsy, rather than developing a compelling script.

Intriguing .

Having seen 'The Creature from the Black Lagoon', I'd have to say that film was way more entertaining.

Mind Numbingly Boring Drivel .

And that just makes the meanings of (anti-) discrimination repetitive and didactic.

The script (at least early on) was like Don King's hairdo, frequently shooting off in haphazard, unrelated, and pointless ways.

Terrible waste of time.

But since it's about love and drama, yeah, it's sort of boring for me.

Instead, the third act ended completely predictable with a showdown that reminded me a lot of E.

Wow, this movie was both a great piece of directed craft while boring me to death and pissing me off.

Wonderful film with stunning production design, visuals and a captivating plot that has reasonable sequences of thrill and suspense that tells a different version of a love story without being dull.

Boring to the core!

Enjoyable one time watch.

Really entertaining and made the flight enjoyable.

Stupid and most boring movie Stupid story Not recommend this movie

Obvious, dull, and farfetched.

Amazing acting , sofisticated understatement handling , stunning camera work , deep and meaningfull message , masterpiece.

A long boring movie.

An intriguing exploration of the "monster" genre.

The bad man is reminiscent of Pan's Labyrinth villain and the main character a girl with an active imagination, but it is way slower and more poorly executed than Pan's.

I tried I persevered I gave up It was so boring.

horrible, waste of time .

It is bewildering that a del Toro movie could have a creature as boring as this one.

Performances are all solid, and it's engaging enough.

This was one of the absolute worst movies I've ever seen, regardless of the genre.

It's boring.

The light touch of Hitchcock, even in his intense thrillers, is very distant from this work.

Was it predictable?

If you want to watch the same old Hollywood rehash, or an attention grabbing screen shaking fast paced thriller, then this may not be for you.

Just waste of time...

The ending is pretty solid, but the entire movie is slow paced and lacking any real thrill.

It is awful and boring and also very weird.

I watched one year ago and nothing especial in this movie , trust me ,dont waste your time on this movie

Really enjoyable and beautifully made, if slightly corny love story that could only have come from the mind of Guillermo Del Toro.

Very predictable scenes and dialogue.

An oscar for the worst movie of the year.

For the most part it was very predictable just like every other romantic movie.

as an ode to the purest, sincere and free love ; who, like water, can take all the forms, even the most unexpected ...

What a waste of time .

Each year when I see which films are nominated, I scratch my head in wonder at how they can continue to nominate movies that almost no one has ever heard of, or are contrived to suit some crusade the director or producer is championing, or is a thought-provoking sketch about some social ill.

Sally Hawkins is good in the lead role, but nothing, but nothing else scores in this poor, almost childish, movie which ranks as possibly the most pointless I have seen this year.

Differently from Pan's Labyrinth though, it's the movie's message that feels a bit cliché: it's not too different from tales we've already heard like Frankenstein, and the usage of the Cold War as a setting is little more than a macguffin for the second act of the story.

good setup, but rather bland plot development .

This the worst movie I have seen all year.

Visually stunning .

It is a fantastically heartfelt tale of love and the unconventional form love can take, told elegantly by one of the most exciting directors working today.

Cons: Plot holes abound, dumb story, dumb characters, pointless character threads and a weird/silly premise.

The story is boring, the characters quite generic, the plot is bizarre.

The mystery being - why was it made, how did it win the 'Best Picture' award at the Oscars and why did I waste my time watching it?

In its likable, compelling characters, especially our leading lady and the main villain.

I am completely blown away with how much I enjoyed it.

Pretentious rubbish.

Not much else is new, yet another left wing propaganda film that focuses on its political message rather than actual artistic value which is what film should be about.

Besides, the story is remarkably touching too it's a reflection on loneliness as every characte suffer from it on his own terms from Elisa who's craving for love and being understood, to her friends Zelda who's living with a man who doesn't appreciate nor respect her and Jiles, an old gay guy who mourns not living his younger days fully and truly and afraid it's too late to find someone at his age, plus there is Strickland the antagonist, a depressed ex-soldier bored of his plastic life with a billboard plastic family and professor dimitri who's left out by the bothsides he's working for.

While I can concede that there were many good elements to the story and the production (stellar cinematography, a good message), there seemed to be a preference for diversity of characters over a developed and gripping plot.

It's a slow and familiar tale for most of the story.

An intriguing exploration of the "monster" genre, I give The Shape of Water 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the worst movies in my life.

It all looks perfect and breathtaking.

It turns out to be quite gitchy and over the top on the contrived dramatic moments.

The character design for what is referred to as "The Asset" throughout the movie is fascinating, and as far as backstory goes we learn a satisfying amount about him through Michael Shannon, who plays the villain of the story and is also a redeeming quality of the film.

How did anyone enjoy this boring, overrated piece of garbage?

Went to see Interstellar twice and was bored both times.

Confusing .

Even the story is fascinating.

But you have to be in the mood, people were expecting an action film or more Gore I guess, I really enjoyed it like Pan's Laberinth!

Not for everyone, but it's very enjoyable.

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I got bored really quick.

Overall, it was a waste of my time and I would never recommend it to a friend, in fact I would only recommend NOT seeing it.

What a waste of time.

Don't waste your time.

Waste of time .

Visually interesting but highly predictable .

Suspension of belief is what makes movies, like "The Shape of Water", enjoyable.

Worst movie ever .

It's not just a bad movie, it's a propaganda piece.

Unlike the tridimensional world in which we live, the film offers us an enjoyable realistic situations that are permeated with natural magic.

Probably the worst movie I have seen in the last decade .

So whilst it's touching, in a sense, and an enjoyable visual feast with a hint of magic, 'The Shape of Water' just doesn't soar to the heights it could have

Towards the middle of the film the viewer becomes annoyed at its snail's pace.

There were major flat spots were I was waiting for the build up but it was so slow I almost didn't finish watching the movie because of the flat spots that didn't connect to the overall flow of the whole movie

It was drab, dark and disappointing.

Strickman, on the other hand is a very intense character and an arrogant Colonel.

pointless nudity, pointless masterbating, these two pointless things make it a non children movie, but it is not an adult movie eitherdon't spend your dollar on this one

Boring storyline.

Artsy Fartsy joke .

The pace is gentle; bordering on slow.

weird, boring and VERY annoying.

A true declaration of love with cinema, immersed in a great bath of nostalgia.

Even a 1 star is a lot for this movie, the story is dull, and if you want to get how weird it is: just change the monster to a female and the human to a male then rewatch it in your mind, creepy huh?

The whole picture is visually stunning and grips you right until the end.

I give this mind numbingly boring crap 1 star out of 10.

just some kinds of boring imaginations with slow storyline....

But I very quickly got drawn into a very gripping plot, and it kept my attention the whole time.

Visually stunning, not best storyline .

Unfortunately though, the story was very predictable, the characters cookie-cutter and ultimately did not match up to the visual delights on offer.

The movie was so boring, so incredible boring!