An opinionated art student (Rachel Weisz) helps her new lover (Paul Rudd) reinvent himself, but his best friends disapprove.
" It's a compelling story, getting better as it goes along, but nonetheless suffers from being too obviously bound to its stage origins. "
" LaBute seems to be relying on big moments that never show up and surprises spied long ahead of time. "
" There are barbs here to tickle anyone's paranoia, but the callousness isn't illustrative, just exploitative. "
" Characters make self-conscious jokes, and other characters answer them with clumsy sarcasm; every line comes complete with arch, invisible quotation marks. "
" In LaBute's movies, people are either clueless dupes or psychotic manipulators, while art is meant to rub your face in unpleasant 'truths.' And I think he takes a little too much pleasure in that nose-rubbing. "
" The cast helps enliven what could otherwise come off as a treatise. "
" Having played these roles for so long and so often, Mol, Rudd, Weller and Weisz fully inhabit their parts. "
" LaBute has extracted the maximum amount of meaning from his material by letting us approach it from every possible angle, like a piece of sculpture. "
" Raises interesting questions about the power exerted in relationships and the amount of control a person can or should have over another. "
" With outstanding performances from Rudd and Weisz, this is an unsettling, provocative and nasty little gem. "
" LaBute has that rarest of attributes, a distinctive voice. "
" At best, the movie is a problematic chamber piece; at worst, a misdirected, slightly misanthropic pretension. "
" You walk out feeling and thinking differently than when you walked in. Isn't that what art is supposed to do? "
" The facial jewellery, Elvis Costello music and cell phones notwithstanding, you keep expecting these people to challenge each other to duels with rapiers at dawn. "
" There's an immediacy to many scenes that's hard to deny. These people get under your skin and gnaw away. "
" LaBute would like us to know that neither sex has a monopoly on behaving very, very badly. Alert the media! "
" The film is certainly clever enough to hold an audience's interest throughout, though in the end it's a victim of its own ambition. "
" Intellectually, Shape is a tour de force that can't be dismissed merely for the coldness it makes us feel. Artistically, it should have been called 'Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here.' "
" In The Shape of Things, love doesn't just hurt: It bites, and bites deep. "
" Seems every much as finely calibrated as In the Company of Men. "
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