The Orphanage [is] durable and engrossing, traits that help overshadow its genre-bound features.
| Original Score: 7/10
This Spanish psychological mystery is captivating, creepy and hopeful.
| Original Score: A-
Bayona never spoonfeeds the audience, giving us lots of latitude to exercise our imaginations and believe what we choose as the film builds to its devastating climax.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
One of those rare moments wherein you actually believe your are seeing a ghost, not a Hollywood special effect.
As horror films go, this sits firmly at the classy end of the spectrum.
The Orphanage takes audiences on an eerie, involving and ultimately extremely moving journey into the underworld.
| Original Score: 4/5
The Orphanage is all about atmosphere and giving audiences the heebie-jeebies. And on that level, it really works.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The film's writer and director (both first-timers under the patronage of Pan's Labyrinth ace Guillermo del Toro) both excel themselves at using familiar scary tricks to bring about totally unforeseen shocks.
The Orphanage is a visceral and well-crafted horror film that goes for the heart as well as the mind.
A pesar de las semejanzas con películas recientes del género (particularmente Los Otros), se trata de un relato eficaz, inquietante, sombrío, y finalmente triste.
| Original Score: 3/5
What's even more disquieting is the persistent undercurrent of exploitation -- the mixture of grief and jarring shock effects and the pitiless use of a disfigured child as a source of horror.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Orphanage goes beyond the superficialities of the average horror movie to delve into more important themes, such as grief and guilt.
It touches on primal stuff in terms of childhood, motherhood and the unknown.
Invisible friends, evil spirits and strange occurrences form part of the threads of this acclaimed %u2026 stylish and subtle film whose imagery lingers
The Orphanage proves the haunted house genre is alive and well - in the right hands.
| Original Score: 3/4
A visually charged but psychologically hollow occult offering and horror rehash along the lines of, I see dead orphans.
Not only is the story spooky...there are several good shocks along the way that will knock you out of your seat.
| Original Score: 8/10
The Orphanage is an effectively scary picture about guilt, retribution, and acceptance, and it shares some of the spectral potency of Alejandro Amenabar's The Others.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A good old-fashioned horror in the best possible way, this is a beautifully told, terrifying ghost story that lingers with you long after the shivers have stopped.
An extraordinary performance by Belén Rueda is the beating heart and tortured soul of The Orphanage.
| Original Score: 5/5