New York Times - 03/24/1994
"...A very stylish and sophisticated Mexican variation on some age-old themes....[Its] stately style elevates it from the ranks..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/22/1994
"...Pleasant and spooky....Luppi gives a poignant and amusing performance....Del Toro not only has fun mixing genres, he knows how to convey his enjoyment and make the result distinctly his own..."
Uncut - 03/01/2006 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's shadowy and tender, but shot through with biting wit."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2006
"Guillermo del Toro struck a fresh slant on the vampire genre with this stately blend of magic realism, melodrama and Cronenbergian body horror."
A.V. Club - 12/08/2010
"[T]his is more gothic romance than horror, as del Toro's commitment to the wondrously grotesque transforms stock elements into something richer and more profound." -- Grade: A-
Vampires and villains hold sway in this Cannes Festival Critics' Week Winner which tells the tale of the "Cronos Device," a 14th-century golden scarab that holds the key to eternal life. Nightmarish and surreal, this stylish film still manages to get across a healthy dose of humor as its characters battle for control of the insidious device. From the acclaimed director of THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (2001) and MIMIC (1997) Guillermo del Toro.
A strange object, the "Cronos device," has been found inside the statue of an angel in an antique store. While the dealer, Jesus Gris, is holding the device, it springs open and its metallic legs pierces his flesh. Once "bitten," he develops a craving for human blood, and his body grows more and more youthful with each drink. As the addiction spreads through his body, he realizes he desires the blood of his innocent granddaughter. In horror, he sacrifices himself, and destroys the Cronos, for love.