Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

David Germain
Associated Press

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Chris Barsanti

...all the shivering intensity and satisfying denouement of the darkest Grimm's fairy tale.

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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Bewitchingly bonkers.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Del Toro creates a magnificent fairy tale for grown-ups in which the innocence of fantasy collides with the horrors of war - and the result is a devastating,… More
Eric Alvarez
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… More
JY Skacto
Guillermo del Toro's <i>Pan's Labyrinth</i> lives up to its "fairytale for adults" tagline.<p>Running at 110 minutes,… More
xGary Xx
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… More
Christian C
I really liked this strange (but not unsettling) Spanish film. It was mystical and magical...and very dark at the end. Del Toro's masterpiece.