The Orphanage
The Orphanage (2007)

Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro produces director Juan Antonio Bayona's gothic frightener about a long-abandoned orphanage with a particularly troubling past. As a child, young orphan Laura spent her formative years… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 22, 2008
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87%
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: When it seems like every horror movie nowadays is a remake or a grisly exercise in sadism, The Orphanage is a breath of fresh air for critics and audiences alike, seamlessly blending in a poignant tale of loss with the scares and blood.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A frightening movie that earns its scares the hard way, generating unbearable tension through artful technique instead of computer.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

[Director Bayona] has a fine career ahead of him.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The less you know of this film, the more you'll be surprised, shocked and, in the end, satisfied.

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Tom Charity
CNN.com

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The year's best horror picture is also one of the simplest.

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Nate Deen
Film School Rejects

There are no monsters, or slashers, and yet the movie got under my skin so much so that it left me shaky as I walked out of the theater.

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org

The picture is a creepily effective exercise in gothic technique.

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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture

Alas, there's no Ahhhh! moment at the end to justify the mounting tension.

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Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com

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.

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Alex roy
Spain has turned out quite a few excellent horror films in the last few years, and in my opinion, some of the most terrifying and original films of the last… More
Manu Gino
Great awesome edge of your seat perfect movie. Wow I was speechless of how good this movie was. Laura purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of… More
Daniel Mumby
Mainstream horror in the early-21st century has become defined by inept remakes, unnecessary reboots, and an uncreative obsession with physical mutilation… More
Anthony Lawrie
The Orphanage feels like many of the other films in the genres for the first half, with samey scenes, unoriginal story and predictable 'jumps'. Then… More
Alexis Nomm
At first it was really spooky.. any time you put creepy kids in masks it's going to be spooky. But then the movie took a turn, it got really sad. Never… More

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