Niall’s review published on Letterboxd:
I feel like this has potential to become one of my favourite movies. Interesting, engaging and visually stunning from start to finish. The way the film blends the two worlds of fantasy and reality is seamless, and the two stories (of the war and the fairytale-like adventures) compliment each other so perfectly. What also impressed me so much about this film was the pacing, not a moment felt out of place or rushed throughout the runtime, a commendable feat, especially given the depth of what needed to be displayed.
I've been a big fan of Guillermo Del Toro as a person ever since I saw several interviews with him, in which his passion for film and fantasy is clear. However, this film truly displays his capabilities as a director, and I shall look forward to seeing The Devil's Backbone sometime soon. I genuinely can't pick a fault with this; it is simply an enchanting movie.