The Orphanage (2007)



Critic Consensus: Deeply unnerving and surprisingly poignant, The Orphanage is an atmospheric, beautifully crafted haunted house horror film that earns scares with a minimum of blood.

Movie Info

Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro produces director Juan Antonio Bayona's gothic frightener about a long-abandoned orphanage with a particularly troubling past. As a child, young orphan Laura spent her formative years being cared for by the staff of a large orphanage located by the Spanish seaside. Those were some of the happiest years of Laura's life, and now, 30 years later, the former charge returns to the dilapidated institution with her husband, Carlos, and their seven-year-old … More

Rating: R (for some disturbing content)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Sergio G. Sánchez, Jordi San Augustín, Fernando Cayo, Belén Rueda, Andres Gertrudix
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2008
Box Office: $6.9M
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as Carlos

as Balaban

as Laura Girl

as Guillermo

as Group Therapist

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as Young Benigna

as Antonia Nurse

as Blind Kid

as Father 2
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Critic Reviews for The Orphanage

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (40)

A frightening movie that earns its scares the hard way, generating unbearable tension through artful technique instead of computer.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The picture is a creepily effective exercise in gothic technique.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

At a time when American horror seems transfixed by graphic sadism, the acclaimed Spanish chiller El Orfanato harks back to an older tradition of psychological scares and things that go bump in the night.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

[Director Bayona] has a fine career ahead of him.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The year's best horror picture is also one of the simplest.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Alas, there's no Ahhhh! moment at the end to justify the mounting tension.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Orphanage



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Super Reviewer

Great awesome edge of your seat perfect movie. Wow I was speechless of how good this movie was. Laura purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son's imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

The Orphanage feels like many of the other films in the genres for the first half, with samey scenes, unoriginal story and predictable 'jumps'. Then about halfway through the film shows its heart and it gets really good. It's one of those films that I liked throughout but ended up loving purely because of the last scene, which is perfect. It certainly redeems itself and shows its one of the best of its ilk.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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