• PG-13, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    James Wan
    In Theaters:
    Apr 1, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 12, 2011
  • FilmDistrict

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Insidious Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

This is a movie that wants to be several movies at once. It turns out to be none of them.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C

June 22, 2013
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

There's nothing wrong with its standard set up which has an unsuspecting family haunted by spirits. However, when it comes time for the film to follow through on the plotline, we find out the filmmakers weren't quite up to the task.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 2012
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk

About as subtle as a fart at a sťance

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2012
Grae Drake
Movies.com

Is this reminding you of anything? Like, say 77.2% of any horror movies ever made?

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 20, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

It's not scary, it's just surprising and surprise is not the same thing as horror.

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

April 4, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

This is not the rollicking rollercoaster frightfest Paranormal Activity 1 and 2 were, nor is it a playful genre throwback like Drag Me To Hell, or even a touching family film like Poltergeist (which Insidious apes most).

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 9, 2011
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Aesthetically, Insidious operates at the level of a decent high school video project.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 1/4

March 31, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Wan and Whannell have come a long way since Saw, but they still have a little further to go.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 31, 2011
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Insidious is certainly part of a great tradition of scary films, but it's a little too bland and visually unappealing to be memorable.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 14, 2011
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

Its descent into gimmicky bollocks is quick and unrelenting.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

March 17, 2011
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

When a pair of goofy (and unamusing) ghostbusters and their medium boss (Lin Shaye) show up, Insidious takes a tragic turn toward the stupid.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C-

March 31, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Not terrifically good, but moviegoers will get what they're expecting.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 31, 2011

Looking up the word Insidious in the dictionary is a more fulfilling experience than seeing the movie Insidious.

Full Review Source: UGO | Original Score: D

March 14, 2011
Mike Hale
New York Times
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The strongest analogue for the second half of "Insidious" is one that the filmmakers probably weren't trying for: it feels like a less poetic version of an M. Night Shyamalan fairy tale.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 31, 2011
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

A poor man's Poltergeist.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 1, 2011
Clay Cane
BET.com

The most the James Wan film has is ear-piercing sound effects with quick cuts to scary faces. Of course you'll jump, but you'll also jump if someone runs behind you and screams in your eardrum -- this is the same effect as 'Insidious.'

Full Review Source: BET.com | Original Score: D

March 31, 2011
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

It's a horror show all right. Stilted line readings creep hand-in-demonic claw with pacing that could induce rigor. If only Mrs. Gas Mask Psychic could have warned us in advance ...

Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 2/10

April 1, 2011

Like the ghouls and ghosties confronted by its characters, Insidious overstays its welcome.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 27, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The movie is called "Insidious," but "Insipidious" would be more appropriate.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

April 1, 2011
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

By the time the absurdly deflating finale rolls around, Wan has managed to not only botch his own film, but sully the one cool element of Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace as well.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

March 28, 2011
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