Pan's Labyrinth Reviews

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Gabriel Shanks
Modern Fabulousity
December 13, 2006

Too adult for children and too simplistic for most adults, it ultimately leaves us with some of the prettiest cinematic pictures of the year. And nothing more.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
January 25, 2007

Del Toro has realized a work of art that's too terrifying and politically motivated for young audience members who should be swept up in Ofelia's royal dreams.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 22, 2007

... a maze of naive politics and gruesome brutality. It's no more about Franco's Spain than a can of Franco-American spaghetti is about Italian food.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 14, 2007

It is not my cup of grim ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 3, 2007

Un ambicioso y no del todo convincente cuento de hadas para adultos, que reivindica el poder de la imaginación como vía de escape ante la adversidad y como arma frente a la intolerancia.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 13, 2007

There are lessons to be taken from Pan's Labyrinth -- the value of belief, hope and courage, for example -- but the whole is such a dingy downer that despite the fine performances on display, it is impossible to recommend it.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2009

Ofelia's smock is swiped from Alice, her faun from Narnia, and her magic book from Harry Potter, Del Toro sets her fairytale apart with its unrelenting gore and misery.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 13, 2007

The sets, the sights and the sounds are original and imaginative, but the dirty little secret is that a little of it goes a long, long way.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 12, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth, like del Toro's previous and related The Devil's Backbone, is a saturated vision, an artist's work. What it lacks is successful unity.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Zingale
December 30, 2006

It's like watching Alice in Wonderland while tripping on LSD.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
January 19, 2007

A violent fantasy set during the Spanish Civil War, this magical film from Guillermo del Toro manages that intellectual high-mindedness, even as it resonates on a primal, mythic level.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 26, 2013

This remarkable film spins a yarn about a little girl trapped between a dream world of ghouls and real-life monsters during the Spanish Civil War, and it works remarkably well, simultaneously enchanting and horrifying with almost every frame.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Devin Faraci
September 11, 2006

A filmmaker blossoming into true greatness... Pan's Labyrinth is a film of breathtaking emotional, thematic and visual depth.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
January 3, 2007

It's both blissfully naïve and emotionally heartbreaking, a movie which calls on fantasy not to distort reality, but to enhance it.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 19, 2007

...a powerful, haunting film replete with phantasmagorical visions and inexorable dread. Painted in shadows and lit by a moon the color of a frog's belly, Pan's Labyrinth is an emotional cousin to David Lynch's creepy puzzle films.

Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
December 28, 2006

An achievement. Many films with 'split personalities' invest all their creative energy into one aspect of the story, causing the other one to founder and feel obligatory.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
January 19, 2007

Ofelia, you break our hearts. But you also restore our confidence in human decency.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pete Hammond
January 19, 2007

A haunting, but beautifully conceived mix of fantasy and reality that is like no other film released in 2006 - or any other year.

| Original Score: 4/5
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
December 28, 2006

Like his terrific 2001 The Devil's Backbone, Mexican horrormeister Guillermo del Toro's new movie offers us both real-life and fantastical monsters, and if you know his work, you won't waste time figuring out which to root for.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
December 29, 2006

As each turn of events proves more menacing than the last to the young heroine of Pan's Labyrinth, her mother admonishes her: "Life isn't like your fairy tales." But it is. That's the secret at the center of Guillermo del Toro's magnificent film.

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