Pan's Labyrinth
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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 Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is forced to entertain herself as her recently-formed family settles… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"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."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"So breathtaking in its artistic ambition, so technically accomplished, so morally expansive, so fully realized that it defies the usual critical blather. See it, and celebrate that rare occasion when a director has the audacity to commit cinema."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Pan is clearly not for kids. But it is an eye-popping political fable filled with magic realism -- and real magic."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Both magical and brutal, del Toro's film is a memorable exploration of the enduring power of fairytales."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"This is a fantasy realm so fully and elegantly realized, it might be the adaptation of a classic novel. Yet the source is Del Toro's own capacious imagination."
‑ Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Del Toro specializes in taking horror and superhero films to bold, baroque places, yet Pan's Labyrinth is a step above his usual forays into the fantastic."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Corey Hall, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"A stark, disturbing fairy story for adults. Its provocative vision of the monsters of fascism and childhood packs chilling power."
‑ , Total Film
"The close-out of Pan's Labyrinth not only underlines its status as one of the great fantasy films of all time, but also its importance as a work of refined social and historical commentary."
‑ Simon Foster,
"Pan's Labyrinth suggests that fairy-tale violence helps the vulnerable process and overcome real-life conflicts and that real-life violence permanently smashes the soul and the heart."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This grim spin on Alice in Wonderland is del Toro's finest work to date."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"This darkly attractive film has a painterly quality to its visual look and some impressively elaborate animatronic effects that will delight genre fans."
‑ Allan Hunter, Screen International
"a captivating, albeit unstable, blend of anti-Fascist social commentary and a visually sumptuous childhood fable"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
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