• Released
  • November 21, 2001
  • R , 1 hr 46 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • 4 Fan Ratings
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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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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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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Christian Science Monitor

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

By Lou Lumenick
Genuinely scary, exquisitely shot -- and very well-acted.
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New York Daily News

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

By Jay Carr
A seductively corrosive horror story that also potently suggests the ways war can shatter childhood.
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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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Rated R | For Violence, Some Sexuality and Language