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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Del Toro never coddles the audience. He means us to leave Pan's Labyrinth shaken to our souls. He succeeds. show more

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    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Visually stunning, it meshes haunting images with a complex multilevel story about the enchantment of youth. show more

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    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Pan's Labyrinth artfully fuses a war film with a family melodrama and a fairy tale. The result is visually stunning and emotionally shattering. show more

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    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The result of the intricate interplay is a fairy tale for adults that is violent, sometimes shocking, yet utterly engrossing. And eerily instructive; it deepens our emotional understanding of fascism, and of rigid ideology's dire consequences. show more

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    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is the breakthrough work of one of world cinema's most visionary artists. show more

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    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A critic trots out the word "masterpiece" at his own peril, but there it is. show more

  • 80
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The performers are all good with Baquero poised and beautiful as Ofelia and Verdu vital and spirited as the rebellious Mercedes. Lopez gives an extraordinary performance as the bestial captain, an irredeemable villain to rank with Ralph Fiennes' Nazi in "Schindler's List." show more

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    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of the greatest of all fantasy films. show more

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    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A brilliant work of the imagination capable of truly seizing and igniting our fantasies. show more

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    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It leaves you feeling exhilarated at the invigorating power a well-told story, no matter its subject, can have. If you like Harry Potter, you will love this movie. If you don't like Harry Potter, you will still love this movie. show more

  • November 16, 2008 par4pete
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    A beautifully dark fairytail, entwined with saddness and loss. Awesome cinematography. Well worth seeing.

  • September 12, 2008 Brendude13
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    Pan's Labyrinth is probably the best movie I have ever seen. It is truly a fantasy for adults as it is magical and has some history. Guillermo Del Toro has out done himself.

  • August 25, 2008 Mkmiketunney
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    pans labyrinth is a brilliant dark fantasy bringing us to the roots of fantasy and horror. this movie truly shows how a fantasy doesn't have to have a good ending adding its more dramatic affect and more thrills giving it a reason why the critics loved it. this movies plot is excellent and shows what true evil is(instead of the fantasy creatures) and how it can overcome innocence(such as its brutal ending and the frightening pale man sequence).the pale man sequences is a very smart frightening sequence that showed that evil can trick you in even the smallest things. the girl was told not to eat anything but no matter the fact of being warned, she still did it showing how evil can overcome innocence in ways of tricking the innocence into doing things that you shouldn't do even if you really wanted to leaving tragic consequences like how the girl almost died and how the fauns pets were cannibalized. the acting is excellent as is the movie emotionally and visually. the music is splendid and gives you a very emotional feeling. despite its flawless plot, the movie's brutality sequences are fast paced and go well with drastic measures. by far the most clever of all dark fantasies.

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