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Metascore

Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
One of the greatest of all fantasy films.
100
Like any great myth, Pan's Labyrinth encodes its messages through displays of magic. And like any good fairy tale, it is also embroidered with threads of death and loss.
100
Del Toro never coddles the audience. He means us to leave Pan's Labyrinth shaken to our souls. He succeeds.
100
Visually stunning, it meshes haunting images with a complex multilevel story about the enchantment of youth.
100
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.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
This is the breakthrough work of one of world cinema's most visionary artists.
100
New York Daily News
A critic trots out the word "masterpiece" at his own peril, but there it is.
100
Chicago Tribune
A brilliant work of the imagination capable of truly seizing and igniting our fantasies.
100
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.
90
With Pan's Labyrinth, Del Toro has made his most accomplished film to date, a dark and disturbing fairy tale for adults that's been thought out to the nth degree and resonates with the irresistible inevitability of a timeless myth.
88
Pan's Labyrinth artfully fuses a war film with a family melodrama and a fairy tale. The result is visually stunning and emotionally shattering.
80
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."

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