The Orphanage Reviews

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October 14, 2014
Though The Orphanage sticks fairly closely to a genre fomat, and the plot twists become a little predictable, the film packs surprises all the way to the end.
October 14, 2014
Let the anticipation of Bayona's next move begin.
October 7, 2013
A frightening movie that earns its scares the hard way, generating unbearable tension through artful technique instead of computer.
July 6, 2010
This is a movie whose power and emotional pitch lie in the understated: the discreet performances, the lack of special effects, the laconic script.
October 18, 2008
[A] pungent and scary film.
October 18, 2008
The picture is a creepily effective exercise in gothic technique.
October 18, 2008
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.
October 18, 2008
Alas, there's no Ahhhh! moment at the end to justify the mounting tension.
October 18, 2008
[Director Bayona] has a fine career ahead of him.
October 18, 2008
The year's best horror picture is also one of the simplest.
June 8, 2008
As horror films go, this sits firmly at the classy end of the spectrum.
June 4, 2008
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.
June 1, 2008
The Orphanage goes beyond the superficialities of the average horror movie to delve into more important themes, such as grief and guilt.
March 20, 2008
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.
March 20, 2008
An extraordinary performance by Belén Rueda is the beating heart and tortured soul of The Orphanage.
March 19, 2008
Superb. Even the cliche spooky kids are handled with aplomb.
March 18, 2008
Haunting and heartbreaking, The Orphanage delivers a double whammy of chills both real and supernatural.
February 5, 2008
This is the worst sort of horror film, one that cloaks its shameless pulls at the heartstrings in overemphatic sound design, hyped-up visuals, and a tear-streaked lead performance by Belen Rueda.
January 11, 2008
The movie is so good at using its horror elements to explore deeper, less fantastical emotions. For all its bump-in-the-night suspense, The Orphanage is ultimately as much about motherhood and grief as it is about apparitions and shadowy corridors.
January 11, 2008
A well-made, Spanish ghost story that will creep you out and draw you in.
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