You may see The Orphanage for what it is, an enjoyable contraption, without believing a bit of it. show more
Bayona's moves are deft, the atmosphere oozes with anxiety and grief, but the big payoff - like the big payoff in The Sixth Sense, another film The Orphanage has more than a bit in common with - never comes. show more
This Spanish supernatural thriller begins interestingly and finishes intriguingly. But what lies between drags because the film lacks a driving story line. show more
Stupid and careless mother!!!.
I'm not surprised that foreign language films don't advertise that they are dubbed or have English subtitles but why don't critics make that distinction for us in the first paragraph of their reviews? I REALLY dislike reading subtitles while trying to appreciate the more subtle emotions on the faces of the actors. If I want to read dialog, I'll buy the book. From now on I'm going to ask for my money back when the film is subtitled and there is no indication of that fact prior to purchasing a ticket.
I knew this movie was scary before I went to see it. My brother likes these types of movies, I don't. But this movie made me think of how Alfred ********* built up the suspense---filming the actors overhead, through the stairways, from down the hall. I must admit, after S?mon disappeared, I watched this movie through my fingers. The Spanish was a little hard to follow (Spanish from Spain, they speak soooo fast) but I prefered the Spanish to having the movied dubbed in English. The original language made you really feel the emotions the characters were feeling. I hope to buy it when it comes out on DVD.