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The Devil's Backbone

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After Carlos, a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War, arrives at an ominous boy's orphanage he uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.
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CRITICS OF "The Devil's Backbone"
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Chicago Reader
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September 24, 2007

An entertaining and atmospheric revenge tale.
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Excelsior
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October 31, 2016

A microcosm, that is like a small war, combining living and dead, resentments, betrayals and revenge in an exceptional way with an impeccable cast. [Full review in Spanish]
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Christian Science Monitor
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October 07, 2013

This moody ghost story follows generally familiar lines despite its unusual historical setting, but it's imaginatively filmed and builds a sense of brooding emotional power.
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Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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October 07, 2013

What Del Toro provides with The Devil's Backbone is the recognition that evil exists within the most routine of circumstances. That knowledge is as old as humanity's belief in the fantastic, and just as powerful.
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Under the Radar
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September 08, 2014

Although spooky, The Devil's Backbone becomes weighed down by perhaps one too many subplots.
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Variety
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October 18, 2008

Though it fails in its final reels to capitalize on its early promise, pic is still stylish, accomplished and tremendously enjoyable fare.
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New Yorker
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October 07, 2013

Del Toro's elegant pacing and gothic touches imbue the proceedings with a cool mystery.
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Baltimore Sun
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October 07, 2013

You may find that images from this movie clamber back into your memory weeks after you see it, and give your spine a chill.
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Wall Street Journal
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October 07, 2013

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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Radio Times
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October 07, 2013

Though the whodunnit takes a fairly predictable course, the Spanish Civil War background adds powerful narrative and symbolic weight, while the striking imagery is simply poetic.
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AV Club
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October 07, 2013

The Devil's Backbone augments its abundant creepiness with an equally powerful poignancy.
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New York Daily News
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October 14, 2014

Guillermo Del Toro's The Devil's Backbone is a really cool ghost story with an extraordinary human and political dimension.
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