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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. LaBute is coming of age as an artist, and his future looks brighter than I ever would have suspected a year ago. Enfant terrible or not, he's starting to become a substantial figure in American film.
  2. 88
    LaBute has that rarest of attributes, a distinctive voice. You know one of his scenes at once. His dialogue is the dialogue overheard in trendy mid-scale restaurants, with the words peeled back to suggest the venom beneath.
  3. 75
    In The Shape of Things, love doesn't just hurt: It bites, and bites deep.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    Strikes me as more of a thesis piece than anything LaBute has put his name to thus far. Its characters don't seem to be people as much as they are stand-ins for ideas.
  5. 60
    Carries a potent statement about the superficialities of appearance, and how they're more meaningful to people than anyone likes to acknowledge. But when the players themselves are conceived this superficially, LaBute winds up invalidating his own point.
  6. 50
    Despite an empowered female protagonist, manages in its own way to be as misogynous as "In the Company of Men."
  7. His (LaBute's) work needs attention even at its nadir, which I hope this new film is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. HumbertoD.
    Jan 16, 2006
    7
    In response to Takoma, this film is not about feminism, at least that's how I interpreted it. I haven't read reviews so I don't know what the critics are saying about it. How I interpreted it, this film is about art, in its most pure form. At the end of the movie there is a quote by Han Suyin. As you may recall it said, "Moralists have no place in an art gallery." I have mixed feelings about the quote itself, as it was popularized by the movie and not by the intensity of it's words. That aside, it is what the movie is about. She defaces the statue and has a fight about "true art" with Phillip (Fred Wellery) during the exposition of her character. She views art in different ways. Morals and feelings for other individuals aside. This movie is about how artists are constantly being criticized. Right here, on this website, we are critiquing the works of actors, directors and producers. One has to put their morals and views aside and appreciate the art for what it is. It's a complicated concept summarized by the quote by Suyin. I gave the film a seven because it could have been better. The films drags a bit and the climax is really the ending. Collapse
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    6
    Disturbing and interesting at the same time, it's a brilliant comedy that shows many human interactions from every perspective, not all of them are equally interesting and characterized. The movie sometimes lack stronger performances but a superb Rachel Weisz shadows others weaknesses. I was surprised but the movie flowed smoothly guided by a convincing plot till the sharp and stunning end.
    I highly recommend the lover of this genre to watch it.
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