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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
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  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 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.
  2. 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 movie (more of a fable). Interesting in so many ways.
  3. 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" 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.
  4. RicardoR.
    May 12, 2004
    9
    Very well done, not the stupid plot about ghosts.
  5. May 11, 2015
    10
    "Devil's Backbone", a masterpiece by Guillermo del Toro, as well as his first film "Cronos",impressing of it's striking combination of different themes and the meanings. "Devil's Backbone" a new stage of evolution genius del Toro. This film is not just an amazing visual masterpiece but a drama of biblical proportions, I caught myself for connection to the 12 apostles and the Bible, gold"Devil's Backbone", a masterpiece by Guillermo del Toro, as well as his first film "Cronos",impressing of it's striking combination of different themes and the meanings. "Devil's Backbone" a new stage of evolution genius del Toro. This film is not just an amazing visual masterpiece but a drama of biblical proportions, I caught myself for connection to the 12 apostles and the Bible, gold Judas and his betrayal of Jesus. This picture is the pinnacle of genius Guillermo del Toro, the top of which will not be able to subdue anybody and never .For del Toro this top is just the beginning Expand
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. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jul 30, 2013
    88
    With The Devil's Backbone, Del Toro pulls an Amenábar by dishing out sophisticated war commentary with bone-chilling dread.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Sarris
    Jul 30, 2013
    75
    There is much violence in The Devil’s Backbone , but there is also catharsis and redemption. As ghost movies go, The Devil’s Backbone is much less self-indulgent than the wildly overrated The Others.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert K. Elder
    Jul 30, 2013
    75
    Fine ensemble performances and a tight balance of the supernatural against the historical make The Devil's Backbone a well-crafted, white-knuckled cinematic journey.