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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 28, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Deeply unnerving and surprisingly poignant, The Orphanage is an atmospheric, beautifully crafted haunted house horror film that earns scares with a minimum of blood.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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

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Emine Yildirim
Today's Zaman (Turkey)

Bayona never resorts to gore and prefers an approach based on the carefully built up suspense found in classic Hitchcock films; and much like Hitchcock, the story is based on a very viable Freudian premise.

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Tom Charity

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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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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Bob Mondello

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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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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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
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
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
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
Jason Spencer
A well made and well acted movie. But... it's also one of the most depressing things I have watched in a long time. I was told it was one of the… More