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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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  • 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…
  • A retro chiller with positively no new or interesting moves.

    Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This distinctively terrible film is a hideous hotchpotch of shouty overacting and muddled storytelling, unable to make up its mind if it's a family drama, a supernatural chiller or a psychological mystery.

    Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The direction by Sergio G Sánchez is uneven, the narrative consistently illogical...and the final "twist" visible from early in the first act. Disappointing.

    Jul 12, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • 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…

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  • Mar 10, 2018
    "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".
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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