PUNQ’s review published on Letterboxd:
Got to give credit for the darkness in this story. A bizarre blend of the evils of Franco's Spain and a parallel fantasy world. What they had to do with each other, I don't know. Maybe perhaps it was the girl's way of coping with the insecurities in her life getting friendly with imaginary creatures? A place to escape her step-dad's scary behavior? Regardless what that was, Guillermo del Toro mixes the two worlds in a lovely way! Though I did think the evil Captain was a bit much like a caricature and I was a little disappointed that this was more a Spanish revolution story then the amazingly dreamy adventure it periodically was. But there is no doubt that this is an incredibly crafted and brutal fairytale for the adults!