The Devil's Backbone Synopsis
A 12-year-old boy sees a ghost at an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
del Toro builds excitement, dread, and melodrama in equal layers.
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88

Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
With The Devil's Backbone, Del Toro pulls an Amenábar by dishing out sophisticated war commentary with bone-chilling dread.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's imaginatively filmed and builds a sense of brooding emotional power.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
After a leisurely first half, The Devil's Backbone becomes utterly spellbinding, its tension mounting in steady increments, its story...
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Genuinely scary, exquisitely shot -- and very well-acted.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Along with "The Others," -- represents a welcome diversion from loud, senseless Hollywood extravaganzas.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Devil's Backbone has been compared to "The Others," and has the same ambition and intelligence, but is more compelling and even...
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A seductively corrosive horror story that also potently suggests the ways war can shatter childhood.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Creepy and compelling and beautifully shot, The Devil's Backbone is a tale of the supernatural that feels completely natural. Its realness...
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Boring ghost story

By richardharper
Watch if you need a nap...

THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE = Rare Horror Find

By lugubriousthespian
Modern master of the Macabre Guillermo Del Torro strikes again with this intensely realized, supernatural horror film with the unlikely backdrop of the Spanish Civil War looming in the distance. A...

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Rated R | For Violence, Some Sexuality and Language