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The Orphanage Reviews

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October 18, 2008
The Orphanage is simply content with getting through the entire story without tripping over its own flaws, and though it's definitely better than most supernatural thrillers, it doesn't belong in the same camp as del Toro or any of his films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 10, 2008
Bayona throws in lots of slow creaks and clangs, the art-house-horror equivalent of the jump moment, but none of them can rouse the movie from its terminal emotional torpor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 6, 2010
Bayona is a skilled technician, but seek elsewhere if you're hoping for the transporting originality of last year's Pan's Labyrinth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 27, 2009
Spanish horror films have a rich, still underappreciated tradition, but The Orphanage could have been made by any anonymous Hollywood hack
January 3, 2008
Goes overboard on the deafening door slams and the hyper-amplified music to such an extent that concession stands should offer ground-up Tylenol as a popcorn topping.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2007
A ghost story in which character motivation is haphazard and scares as scarce as narrative logic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 16, 2008
A visually charged but psychologically hollow occult offering and horror rehash along the lines of, I see dead orphans.
October 18, 2008
Alas, there's no Ahhhh! moment at the end to justify the mounting tension.
January 11, 2008
There's not too much original or surprising in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 20, 2007
It never made me believe for a sec it was not nonsensical or had much to say that meant something.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 2, 2008
The last act is laced with surprises, but, unfortunately, none that you might call pleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 2, 2007
Rueda runs through all the desperate-mother notes with the fine tuning of a pro despite a script that's a little less than virtuosic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
December 28, 2007
A series of serviceable creep-outs and jolts...the pretzel-shaped resolution feels like too little too late.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2007
...ultimately undone by its egregiously deliberate pace and pervading vibe of familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2007
Twisting too many specious screws too often, 'The Orphanage' is not innovative, though its atmospheric setting and the performance of Belen Rueda are impressive.
September 18, 2007
Rips off horror classics as far back as The Innocents to as recent as The Devil's Backbone, stripping them of their vibrant emotional connotations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 20, 2007
An overproduced Twilight Zone episode -- and it might have been more satisfying had Del Toro conjured the ghost of Rod Serling and closed the movie with a monologue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 2, 2008
A tidy, if slow-moving ghost story that offers some modest chills, a couple of genuine shocks and an ending that will probably come as a letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 4, 2008
The truly disturbing element is the heavy reliance on childhood loneliness, fear and sickness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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