The Orphanage ★★★★½

Have watched this many times, and it still holds up as a genre classic.

I think what limits this from being a 5-star movie is its slick production value. Despite also being a massive strength, it feel like noir lighting or maybe a bit of grit could have propelled The Orphanage to masterpiece status. The story has some minor holes if you think about it too much, but the style, themes, and atmosphere more than overcome them.

If you like The Others, The Innocents, The Devil's Backbone, or even Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House, you owe it to yourself to see The Orphanage. It is absolutely an A-level ghost story (and still, director Bayona's best work).