The Shape of Water

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Compassionate monster movie/love story has mature content.

R 2017 119 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 47 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 30 reviews

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age 17+

A very modern fairytale

I've never reviewed here before but I feel compelled after reading the other reviews throwing words around like "porn" and "bestiality". This is a very beautiful, very moral story about love, loneliness, being different, bravery, friendship and sacrifice. It's not for kids! It's very violent. There is a little bit of tasteful nudity. There is some briefly implied masturbation. The only sex scene is with two humans and shows how sex isn't nice without love. It's only implied with the water man. And please - he's not a "creature", he's a highly intelligent and exquisite being who appears to be much more highly evolved than humans.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 17+

This is a Beautiful Unconvientional Fairy Tale Romance that is obviously for adults. People on here complaining about the nudity and sexuality obviously need to review the MPAA's rating system and what it's purpose is. Contrary to what many on here are saying, the Sexuality and Nudity are anything but gratuitous and unnecessary, and actually help establish with the audience the deep connection these charaters have made in such a short time.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

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