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Pan's Labyrinth(El laberinto del fauno)

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Mexico, Spain · 2006
Rated R · 1h 58m
Director Guillermo del Toro
Starring Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdú, Sergi López, Doug Jones
Genre Drama, Fantasy, War

Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real father, Ofelia must complete three terrifying tasks.

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What are people saying?

Melanie Greenberg Profile picture for Melanie Greenberg

I love the way fantasy is approached from a more artistic lens in this film, especially when the fairytale conflict combines with the political turmoil. Truly feels like entering a Surrealist dreamscape or a myth someone would put on a stained glassed window.

Asia Cureton Profile picture for Asia Cureton

Just like an adult fairy tale. The juxtaposition between childlike fantasy and 1940s Fascist Spain makes this film unique, gripping, and hard to look away from. It's truly one of those films I keep coming back to. It's beautifully violent and brilliantly horrifying!

Minh Bui Profile picture for Minh Bui

My favorite thing about Pan's Labyrinth is the strength and love that Ofelia possesses, making her a loveable child protagonist. However, watching this film as an adult, it is impossible not to draw connections between Ofelia's magical story and the Spanish civil war, which gives the story a much less innocent layer of meaning-- as much as it is a fairy tale, Pan's Labyrinth is also a story of escapism, of a child's desperate attempt at grappling with the trauma inflicted upon her by adults.

What are critics saying?


Newsweek by David Ansen

Suspended between the brutally graphic and flights of lyrical fancy, Pan's Labyrinth unfolds with the confidence of a classical fable, one that paradoxically feels both timeless and startlingly new.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

Pan's Labyrinth Like his terrific 2001 "The Devil’s Backbone," Mexican horrormeister Guillermo del Toro's new movie offers us both real-life and fantastical monsters, and if you know his work, you won't waste time figuring out which to root for.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

This intense film, a mix of horror, fantasy, and history that convinces on all those levels and mixes them up with dizzying brio, is a searing cinematic experience, a beautiful, terrifying vision from writer-director Guillermo del Toro.


Variety by Justin Chang

There's plenty of blood -- both literal and figurative -- coursing through the veins of Pan's Labyrinth, a richly imagined and exquisitely violent fantasy from writer-director Guillermo del Toro.


The Hollywood Reporter by Ray Bennett

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."


Salon by Stephanie Zacharek

This is a true fairy tale, and one of the finest fantasy pictures ever made, but please do not take your young children to see it unless you want them to be scarred for life.

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