Pan's Labyrinth Reviews

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Nicholas Barber
Independent
November 12, 2014
It's less of a labyrinth than a forest path, one that takes you through wonderful scenery but doesn't lead anywhere.
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 ...
| 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
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
November 12, 2014
We are never allowed to get truly lost in Pan's Labyrinth. The fantasy sequences are fetching when they should be intoxicating, while the scenes above ground are largely prosaic.
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
Marta Jary
FILMINK (Australia)
November 12, 2014
Haunting and visually spectacular, this Spanish fable is not a story for children so much as an illustration of the blurred line between reality and daydreams that manifests with such resonance in childhood.
Helen Cowley
Little White Lies
November 12, 2014
Watching the unique explosions of Guillermo del Toro's mind realise themselves on screen is truly astounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Angelina Conti
Philadelphia Weekly
November 12, 2014
With strong performances by much of the cast, particularly the young Baquero, and almost-seamless special effects, the praise is well earned.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Aaron Mesh
Willamette Week
November 12, 2014
We are left with the unsettling knowledge that, in the universe crafted by Guillermo del Toro as well as in our own, we are always surrounded by monsters.
Matt Holmes
What Culture
November 12, 2014
I feel as if I've seen not only the best fantasy movie for ages but also probably the best horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
December 30, 2006
It's like watching Alice in Wonderland while tripping on LSD.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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+
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
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