During the film there are several negative references of men, the majority are prominent through the depiction of animals shown on screen e.g. rat, toad, snake - all these a man can be called as an insult. Vincent Canby states, "Mr. Jordan, his set designers and his special-effects people have made a movie that looks like a cross between something by Jean Cocteau, not at peak form, and a horror movie from Hammer Films. It's set mostly in a wonderfully artificial-looking studio forest, stocked with trees that turn into houses, toads that are life- size but toadstools that are 12 feet tall, plus rats, snakes, owls and wolves - dozens of them, many disguised as men." (Canby 1985) Canby notes the subtle symbolic meanings.
The surrealism of the film somehow makes perfect sense and there's not a moment when the audience is questioning what is been uncovered on screen. Eric Miller understands perfectly Jordan's mind set for the film, "Unlike other films that employ dreams, The Company of Wolves actually feels like a dream. Many of the events in the film wouldn't make sense in the waking world but make perfect sense here . . . Rather than merely use dreams as a surrealistic alternate dimensions as many other fantastic films do, the dreams here are carefully thought out sequences that are full of symbolism and meaning. This is a film where a 20th Century Rolls Royce easily drives through a medieval forest, and seems to make perfect sense in doing it." (Miller 2009) Miller argues that surrealism is unquestioned within the film due to the fact it is told through a dream.