The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) Reviews

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July 24, 2017
The Devil's Backbone truly is a masterful film, one rife with both symbolism and story. This is a poetic piece of cinema that manages to expose the horrors of war through the lens of fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 31, 2016
A microcosm, that is like a small war, combining living and dead, resentments, betrayals and revenge in an exceptional way with an impeccable cast. [Full review in Spanish]
October 14, 2014
Guillermo Del Toro's The Devil's Backbone is a really cool ghost story with an extraordinary human and political dimension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2014
Although spooky, The Devil's Backbone becomes weighed down by perhaps one too many subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 7, 2013
What Del Toro provides with The Devil's Backbone is the recognition that evil exists within the most routine of circumstances. That knowledge is as old as humanity's belief in the fantastic, and just as powerful.
October 7, 2013
You may find that images from this movie clamber back into your memory weeks after you see it, and give your spine a chill.
October 7, 2013
Del Toro's elegant pacing and gothic touches imbue the proceedings with a cool mystery.
October 7, 2013
Though the whodunnit takes a fairly predictable course, the Spanish Civil War background adds powerful narrative and symbolic weight, while the striking imagery is simply poetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2013
It's a horror flick, and a creepily good one, that also functions as an allegory of the war that still haunts Spain seven decades later.
October 7, 2013
This moody ghost story follows generally familiar lines despite its unusual historical setting, but it's imaginatively filmed and builds a sense of brooding emotional power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2013
The Devil's Backbone augments its abundant creepiness with an equally powerful poignancy.
August 21, 2013
an elegant, emotionally fraught ghost story
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 12, 2013
Pure, uncut del Toro. The filmmaker accomplishes riveting scenes of suspense and scares he honestly come by, sticking the landing of every effect he attempts. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 15, 2013
...a hopelessly erratic piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 8, 2012
Blending terror with tenderness, Guillermo Del Toro has crafted something both traditional and original: a sun-kissed gothic horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2010
It's a schoolboy ghost story, the kind best told after lights-out.
October 18, 2008
Though it fails in its final reels to capitalize on its early promise, pic is still stylish, accomplished and tremendously enjoyable fare.
July 14, 2008
Besides being genuinely creepy, it is also surprisingly moving. It is, quite probably ... the saddest horror movie ever made.
July 10, 2008
Calling The Devil's Backbone a ghost story is an unfair simplification of an exquisitely crafted film... If you must label this film as horror, then it's a horror film with a soul.
April 2, 2008
A weirdly poetic film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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