Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Del Toro builds excitement, dread, and melodrama in equal layers.
  2. What gives the story resonance is the tenderness and sacrifice and even innocence del Toro reveals amid the savagery.
  3. 90
    Here is a ghost story so dynamic you could call it a ghost poem.
  4. With the ambitious and ominous The Devil's Backbone, Del Toro rises to a new level of accomplishment, adding history and politics to his distinctive blend.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jul 30, 2013
    88
    With The Devil's Backbone, Del Toro pulls an AmenĂ¡bar by dishing out sophisticated war commentary with bone-chilling dread.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. BillS.
    Apr 13, 2006
    9
    An atmospheric wonder of a film. Del Toro uses horror to enhance the film, rather than making it the film. The characters are engaging, and An atmospheric wonder of a film. Del Toro uses horror to enhance the film, rather than making it the film. The characters are engaging, and the symbolism is rich. One in a recent line of smart horror films (Sixth Sense, The Others) that hopefully signals a resurgence of an almost lost genre. Buy this, don't rent it. Full Review »
  2. Jun 21, 2014
    10
    Del Toro's brilliantly combined a humanist ghost story with ornament of history of wartime and politic allegory, makes "The Devil's Backbone"Del Toro's brilliantly combined a humanist ghost story with ornament of history of wartime and politic allegory, makes "The Devil's Backbone" not only creepy and haunting, but also elegant, beautiful, and dramatic, This film is deserved become one of the best modern horror film ever made. Full Review »
  3. Jan 30, 2012
    9
    So good. Not that scary but doesn't matter because is one of the greatest stories ever told. It has the greatest characters in a scary movieSo good. Not that scary but doesn't matter because is one of the greatest stories ever told. It has the greatest characters in a scary movie (more of a fable). Interesting in so many ways. Full Review »