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The Orphanage

HD   R Closed Captioning

Juan Antonio Bayona

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About the Movie

The Orphanage centers on Laura (Belén Rueda) who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son's imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 174
  • Fresh: 151
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A frightening movie that earns its scares the hard way, generating unbearable tension through artful technique instead of computer. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Oct 7, 2013

Fresh: At a time when American horror seems transfixed by graphic sadism, the acclaimed Spanish chiller El Orfanato harks back to an older tradition of psychological scares and things that go bump in the night. – Tom Charity,, Oct 3, 2011

Fresh: [Director Bayona] has a fine career ahead of him. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Oct 14, 2014

Fresh: Bayona never spoonfeeds the audience, giving us lots of latitude to exercise our imaginations and believe what we choose as the film builds to its devastating climax. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oct 3, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Amazing Movie

People keep referring to this movie as a horror movie, and I'm sorry to tell you it is not. It is a lot more than that. It is true that the film's suspense is wonderfully managed. That there are ghosts and "scary" scenes, yet the plot is a lot more complicated than just a horror movie. The ghosts in the movie are just a very ingenious way to deliver a message. Please give the film a chance to be more than two hours of entertainment and you won't be disappointed. This is a great movie and maybe a chance to realize that there is a lot to see in foreign cinema. Enjoy!

In spanish

This movie was very good but I was not expecting it to be in spanish itunes should really let you know that before you purchase. I still found the movie really good and would recommend it


This is a quality ghost story with solid acting performances and a script, while approaching formulaic, chooses to stay away from predictable conventions that riddle the genre. And let me just say that I will always welcome non-English language films to the iTunes store.

The Orphanage
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2008

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