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Parents' Guide to

The Orphanage

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Decent old-school ghost story, Spanish-style.

Movie R 2008 105 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+

Disturbing movie and very scary

R: disturbing images of intense violence and tense moments
age 16+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (14 ):

In the crowded field of movie ghost stories, The Orphanage belongs with the better ones that use mood and suspense, rather than blood/gore/sex/bad taste, to evoke shock value. Even so, sharp-witted viewers of any age might be asking themselves sensible questions, like why didn't this family, uh, check out the tragic history of the creepy old building before buying it? But there's a neat dark-fairy-tale atmosphere, a minimum of gross-outs (except a horribly mangled victim of roadkill), and a really clever way the script turns the Peter Pan plot inside-out, to suit a more modern and ominous story of Really Lost Boys (and girls). Give this one a chance on Halloween, subtitles and all.

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