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Pan's Labyrinth Reviews

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August 23, 2017
The film is one of those rare beasts, with a sense of genuine permanency. It beds down in your mind, like it is preparing to live there for a while. It is not pretty, but it is, sometimes, very beautiful.
April 15, 2016
...all the shivering intensity and satisfying denouement of the darkest Grimm's fairy tale.
November 12, 2014
Bewitchingly bonkers.
November 12, 2014
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.
November 12, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
November 12, 2014
[del Toro's] creatures are just wondrous!
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 12, 2014
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 12, 2014
The cinematography and creature effects are terrific, while the subtitles never get in the way of the story which follows young girl Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) into a nether world which will test her to the limit with a series of dangerous tasks.
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.
November 12, 2014
In this magical and immensely moving film del Toro presents both the narrative strands as equally real, equally plausible.
November 12, 2014
This is an amazing work of cinema by any estimation, and is by far one of the most original and memorable films in recent memory.
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
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-
November 12, 2014
It sinks deep into your soul and surprises you with its bravery and warmth. As harsh as it is human, filmmaking doesn't get any more enlightened than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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.
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
November 12, 2014
Pan's Labyrinth seems as if it has a direct, unfiltered link to the horrors that can haunt a child's mind. It'll likely lurk in yours for weeks to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 27, 2013
Grotesque and macabre thrills here, but not a fantasy-masterpiece. There's a drawn-out-ness to the plot that extends to the time-period being overdrawn. Captain Vidal's an overstated fatherland fascist; the political history becomes morbid melodrama.
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+
November 26, 2013
This grim spin on Alice in Wonderland is del Toro's finest work to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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