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The Orphanage

Rated R for some disturbing content.

R In Theaters 12/28/2007 , 105min.
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Critic score based on 33 reviews

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May 22, 2008
Stupid and careless mother!!!.
May 22, 2008
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
May 22, 2008
a 301 latino guy
I was visiting Spain this past October and had the greatest opportunity to see this movie while I was there. I loved it. I'ts been a long time for this type of movies to come out without all the gore in it and the effect its even twice as better. Go see it, you wont be dissapointed...
May 22, 2008
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,
May 22, 2008
I saw this movie when the spanish version hit theathers in NYC. To be honest, this is a true ghost story, with small but cheap scares. Even though, I had to read the subtitles, the music sore was great and fit the film. The lead actress, gives a very heart warming role. We will be hearing from this women soon enough. Back to the concept of this mild but great spooky story, this is nothing like

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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
The Orphanage, a diverting, overwrought ghost story from Spain, relies on basic and durable horror movie techniques. Full Review
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
An unexpectedly poignant ghost story. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
In a season filled with dark-themed films, it stands out as an elegantly mounted, surprisingly humane but terrifying horror thriller well worth seeing. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Lures us in with extraordinary subtlety. Keeping sound effects and incidental music to a relative minimum, it builds its suspense almost subliminally. So when something scary or shocking does occur -- deprived of those Hollywood-style cues -- we are truly startled. Full Review
James Berardinelli
For those who enjoy ghost stories and are willing to be patient with a movie that gradually unveils its secrets rather than uncovering them all in an orgy of violence and terror, The Orphanage fills a need. The spell it casts early does not evaporate until the epilogue is finished. Full Review

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