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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The film doesn't explore the nature of ghosts, as it promises to initially, but it's fun to watch Del Toro confront death and fear with such energy and humor. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's a horror flick, and a creepily good one, that also functions as an allegory of the war that still haunts Spain seven decades later. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Creepy and compelling and beautifully shot, The Devil's Backbone is a tale of the supernatural that feels completely natural. Its realness is what makes it so scary. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Along with "The Others," -- represents a welcome diversion from loud, senseless Hollywood extravaganzas. show more

  • 88
    Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine

    With The Devil's Backbone, Del Toro pulls an Amenábar by dishing out sophisticated war commentary with bone-chilling dread. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Devil's Backbone has been compared to "The Others," and has the same ambition and intelligence, but is more compelling and even convincing. show more

  • 75
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Fine ensemble performances and a tight balance of the supernatural against the historical make The Devil's Backbone a well-crafted, white-knuckled cinematic journey. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It's imaginatively filmed and builds a sense of brooding emotional power. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    After a leisurely first half, The Devil's Backbone becomes utterly spellbinding, its tension mounting in steady increments, its story taking one dark turn after another, and its bittersweet resolution destined to haunt you long after you've left the theater. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Genuinely scary, exquisitely shot -- and very well-acted. show more

  • June 07, 2010 drarthurwells
    Report This User

    Excellent film. Professionally accomplished in all aspects. Coherently organized and perfectly paced. A keeper.

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