The impudent, unruly streak that so often gives Guillermo del Toro’s films their pulse has been airbrushed away.
Vincenzo Natali emphasizes technically impressive shots in the service of predictable, boring expository beats.
Save for some minor instances of edge enhancement, it's a practically flawless presentation.
It proves that there’s no better guide out of a complex maze than an autistic man-child with incredible mathematical skills.
Natali’s cult favorite is boxed in by its own intriguing central premise.