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The Orphanage


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: 175
  • Fresh: 152
  • 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

this movie is awesome

this movie is a good movie because it is a great suspense movie even though it is in spaninsh and its by the guy who did pans labyrinth which was also a good movie i say buy it


This is by far one of the best movies I have seen this year even tough it is in Spanish it is still a great movie it had me jumping in my seat. (GOOD STUFF)


this is one of the most scary movies I have ever seen! THE SOUND TRACK IS REALLY SPOOKY

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  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2008

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