Marrowbone (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Marrowbone's effective setting and strong cast can't make up for thinly conceived characters and a story short on genuine scares.

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Four siblings seek refuge in an old home after the death of their mother, only to discover that the house has another, more sinister, inhabitant, in this haunting directorial debut from Sergio G. Sánchez, screenwriter of The Orphanage and The Impossible.

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (4)

Sergio G. Sánchez struggles to locate the frights, with underwritten characters draining his shocks of their emotional payoff.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Marrowbone is proof that with a strong sense of place and characters an audience cares about, you can make a good horror movie without games, gimmicks, or even much narrative coherence.

Apr 14, 2018 | Full Review…

A few brushes with satisfactory filmmaking craft is a moot thing to champion in a film this mucked up.

Sep 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Scary enough to please most genre buffs, it would also play well in art houses: If you were to go through and remove every hint of ghosts, you'd still have a drama well worth seeing.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Running from spookyish psycho-drama to florid, overcooked horror, with an increasing mood of almost gleeful melodrama. It doesn't quite work but it's an enjoyable, if bumpy, ride. George MacKay is a brilliant mess of arrogance and fear.

Nov 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[Sánchez] just tries to cram far too much into one film. Ultimately, Marrowbone is an ambitious failure, and that alone almost makes it worth a watch.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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"Down on your marrowbones and pray!" A pretty good collection of up-and-comers with a solid enough premise told relatively efficiently, featuring a mix of hardline-by-the-numbers horror and only-mostly-cliche horror, but it lacks that next step to take it over the line into being "Actually good".

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