88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The acting is uniformly superb, the camera work and set design are haunting, and The Orphanage delivers well-earned tears at its beautiful conclusion. Go see it already.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Deliberately aimed at viewers with developed attention spans. It lingers to create atmosphere, a sense of place, a sympathy with the characters, instead of rushing into cheap thrills.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Though the movie has a handful of shots that are downright gross to witness, what makes The Orphanage scary is not what it threatens to show but what it suggests about life.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Orphanage gets by on mood and a mournfulness that's not easily soothed. Sadness and loss, it says, are the threads connecting the spirit world and our own, and women, who bring life into the world, understand that far better than men ever will.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
You're either in the mood to go along with the puzzle pieces or you're not. I'm not usually a puzzle-piece fan myself, not when it's clear that the filmmaker rigs the moves. But I couldn't help but fall for the repurposed real estate, and cheer for the lady strong enough to break through walls when she senses a child is waiting.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
In a season filled with dark-themed films, it stands out as an elegantly mounted, surprisingly humane but terrifying horror thriller well worth seeing.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Richard James Havis
This Spanish supernatural thriller begins interestingly and finishes intriguingly. But what lies between drags because the film lacks a driving story line.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
You may see The Orphanage for what it is, an enjoyable contraption, without believing a bit of it.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A combination ghost and shaggy dog story that is so well-made and acted you can nearly overlook its murky, unsatisfying ending.
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74 out of 100
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