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.
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
Superbly directed, genuinely creepy Spanish chiller with a strong script and a terrific central performance from Belen Rueda.
October 18, 2008
Alas, there's no Ahhhh! moment at the end to justify the mounting tension.
October 18, 2008
The Orphanage is the first horror movie I've seen in a while that's scary enough to send people out of the theater.
October 18, 2008
The year's best horror picture is also one of the simplest.
October 18, 2008
[Director Bayona] has a fine career ahead of him.
October 18, 2008
September 2, 2008
You wouldn't think that a Spanish horror flick as high art, but in the case of The Orphanage, you'd be wrong.
August 27, 2008
It captures pure terror. It's horrific. That's horror plus terrific. It's almost impossible for a film like this to be lumped into the same category as...
August 27, 2008
The Orphanage [is] durable and engrossing, traits that help overshadow its genre-bound features.
July 19, 2008
This Spanish psychological mystery is captivating, creepy and hopeful.
July 15, 2008
One of those rare moments wherein you actually believe your are seeing a ghost, not a Hollywood special effect.
June 8, 2008
As horror films go, this sits firmly at the classy end of the spectrum.
June 8, 2008
The Orphanage takes audiences on an eerie, involving and ultimately extremely moving journey into the underworld.
June 7, 2008
The Orphanage is all about atmosphere and giving audiences the heebie-jeebies. And on that level, it really works.
June 7, 2008
The film's writer and director (both first-timers under the patronage of Pan's Labyrinth ace Guillermo del Toro) both excel themselves at using familiar scary tricks to bring about totally unforeseen shocks.
June 7, 2008
The Orphanage is a visceral and well-crafted horror film that goes for the heart as well as the mind.
June 5, 2008
A pesar de las semejanzas con películas recientes del género (particularmente Los Otros), se trata de un relato eficaz, inquietante, sombrío, y finalmente triste.
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.
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