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Parents' Guide to

Pan's Labyrinth

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Brilliant, poignant fairy tale has dark violence.

Movie R 2006 120 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 2+

The best spanish movie

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39 ):
Kids say (63 ):

Part fairy tale, part adventure story, and part political allegory, director Guillermo del Toro's story about a brave little girl surviving a stressful situation is brilliant and poignant. The strengths of Pan's Labyrinth are its memorable artistic visuals and compelling performances by the phenomenal Baquero (Ofelia) and Verdú (Mercedes). Despite the movie's focus on magic, this isn't a film for children -- it's full of shockingly violent scenes, including brutal beatings and torture. Likewise, the fantasy creatures Ofelia encounters can be as terrifying as her violent stepfather. By pairing the brutality of the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War -- including poverty and fascism -- with dark fantasy elements, the film makes a strong commentary about the true nature of life, even when wrapped in a fairy tale.

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