Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: November 21, 2001 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
78
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Generally favorable reviews based on 30 Critic Reviews
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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.
75
After a leisurely first half, The Devil's Backbone becomes utterly spellbinding, its tension mounting in steady increments, its story taking one dark turn after another, and its bittersweet resolution destined to haunt you long after you've left the theater.
75
A seductively corrosive horror story that also potently suggests the ways war can shatter childhood.
75
Creepy and compelling and beautifully shot, The Devil's Backbone is a tale of the supernatural that feels completely natural. Its realness is what makes it so scary.