Pan's Labyrinth (2006)



Critic Consensus: Pan's Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.

Movie Info

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. Her mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), recently remarried to sadistic army captain Vidal (Sergi Lpez) and soon to bear the cruel military man's child, shy young … More

Rating: R (for graphic violence and some language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Guillermo del Toro, Carmen Soriano
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 2007
Box Office: $37.4M
Picturehouse - Official Site


as Ofelia

as Carmen

as Mercedes

as Doctor

as Pan/Pale Man

as Serrano

as Mayor's Wife

as First-Aid Boss

as First-Aid Boss

as Civil Guard Captain

as Doctor's Wife

as Conchita

as Young Man

as Sergeant Bayona

as Sergeant Bayona

as Young Guerrilla No. ...

as Young Guerrilla No. ...

as Fairy/Ballerina

as Stick Insect

as Stick Insect

as Priest
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Critic Reviews for Pan's Labyrinth

All Critics (224) | Top Critics (47)

Guillermo del Toro has crafted a masterpiece, a terrifying, visually wondrous fairy tale for adults that blends fantasy and gloomy drama into one of the most magical films to come along in years.

Full Review… | November 26, 2012
Associated Press
Top Critic

Bewitchingly bonkers.

Full Review… | November 12, 2014
Financial Times

Pan's Labyrinth isn't a total success, but it confirms that del Toro is one of the few genuinely visionary directors working today. And his best may still be to come.

Full Review… | November 12, 2014
Daily Mail [UK]

It's so audacious and so technically accomplished, and arrives here garlanded with so many radiant superlatives, that I wish I liked it more.

Full Review… | November 12, 2014

[del Toro's] creatures are just wondrous!

Full Review… | November 12, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

The story is a compelling and deeply involving one, and the film is both beautiful, exciting, and sometimes horrifying. The creature effects are superbly handled.

Full Review… | November 12, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Pan's Labyrinth


A little girl and her pregnant mother are relocated to an army camp to be with the unborn baby's father, an officious and sadistic captain in Franco's fascist military. Pan's Labyrinth is a gothic fantasy that sees a young girl escape into a world of fauns, fairys and political allegory to escape her cold, cruel, clockwatching, jack-booted step-father who is a kindred spirit of Schindler's List's Goethe. Once again Del Toro blends beautiful imagery with an affecting war story and the result is an enchanting experience that mirrors the fight between good and evil in both the real world and a young child's imagination in a way that reminded me a lot of the work of Hayao Miyazaki. Young Ivana Baquero puts in a performance that belies her tender years and the stunning visuals create a fantasy world that is beautiful yet conveys a suitably dark and disturbing undercurrent in Guillermo Del Toro's inimitable style. The two stories didn't quite gel together for me, feeling more like two separate stories told in parallel and so I must admit I prefer The Devil's backbone, but fans of Tim Burton and Jeunet will adore it.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Finally got around to watching this in November 2013!! Late to the party I know. This film was very well rounded and pieced together. It's not often (or ever) that an adult/mature fairy tale film is made that garners such high scores and ratings. The thing I loved the most about this film though, was the emphasis on making "El Capitan" such an evil character. Antagonists will be antagonists in every film, but the role of Vidal was excellent.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth lives up to its "fairytale for adults" tagline.Running at 110 minutes, there are roughly 2 plot lines running in parallel; the military-resistance story and the princess fantasy story. Both move back and forth as needed; although it feels as if the fantasy portion ends up as the lesser of the two, which is a disappointment because it holds more entertainment value.The creature effects are fantastic and smothered with creepiness from top to bottom. The violence is harsh and definitely worthy of its R-rating.A little bland in nature, Ivana Baquero is still adorable on screen. Sergi Lopez is one brutal and cold-hearted jerk; just as his character is written. Doug Jones pulls off the creatures without fail.Pan's Labyrinth takes it slow at times, but it is a well directed piece from start to finish.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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