Wesley R. Ball’s review published on Letterboxd:
Guillermo Del Toro's masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth is a haunting gothic fantasy that embodies the horrors of a classic childhood fairy tale and brings them to an adult-oriented atmosphere shrouded in the reality of war. Reality and fantasy seamlessly interweave together in a gorgeous portrait of escapism, with the two in a constant clash for dominance in the story. Del Toro's visionary world building allows for a peer into the mind of an imaginative youth- an expansive aura of grotesque yet spellbinding images and architecture.
Sweeping and fluid cinematography provides breathtaking viewpoints of the vast and gorgeous landscape that fills Ophelia's imagination and conversely her cold, unreceptive reality. A fantastical score sweeps the senses directly into this universe of childhood fancy, providing a deep, melodic mood that brilliantly overshadows the dark, gothic atmosphere. It's an incomparably crafted fantasy film that reaches into the dark corners of every childhood fairy tale you once knew and pulls out the true darkness behind them for your adult mind to stare in horrific awe at.