Pan's Labyrinth (***** Extraordinary), is rated R for "graphic violence and some language". The genre is "Drama, Horror". I think it's the best movie I have seen recently. I did close my eyes during some of the most evil violence. I'd like to see it again, and I would still close my eyes in the same places.
Here's a quote from A.O. Scott's review in the NY Times:
Set in a dark Spanish forest in a very dark time � 1944, when Spain was
still in the early stages of the fascist nightmare from which the rest
of Europe was painfully starting to awaken � �Pan�s Labyrinth� is a
political fable in the guise of a fairy tale. Or maybe it�s the other
way around. Does the moral structure of the children�s story illuminate
the nature of authoritarian rule? Or does the movie reveal fascism as a
terrible fairy tale brought to life? The brilliance of �Pan�s
Labyrinth� is that its current of imaginative energy runs both ways.
The graphic artists did a wonderful job. The director was Terrific. The actors are great. The story is very sad, but there is enough magic in it to soften the blow. I imagine perhaps that's the point... a girl escapes a bad life by living a fair tale.