Insidious: Chapter 2 Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 18, 2013
Chapter 2 might be the better film, though, frankly, it's hard to separate the two pictures. I honestly have never seen a sequel that's as completely organic as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
September 18, 2013
Egregious would be a better title than Insidious.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club
September 17, 2013
Characters in Whannell/Wan screenplays speak with the first-draft expository bluntness of a cheap '50s thriller, letting the characters step on some of the best reveals.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 16, 2013
The most slapped-together, pointless, allover terrible horror film of 2013; and I will remind you that 2013 bore witness to Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 16, 2013
The simple elegance of the first film has been lost in a jumbled mess that sometimes hits on fresh angles on ghost stories but most often is shoddy, sloppy, and lazy.
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
September 15, 2013
Boo, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Todd Gilchrist
ToddGilchrist.com
September 15, 2013
A sprawling, idiosyncratic film that attempts to recontextualize the events of its predecessor, Wan's sequel is ambitious but shortsighted, creepy but cartoonish, but utterly watchable.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
September 15, 2013
it's Wilson who dominates the screen with a finely calibrated exploration of mental, physical, and moral decay
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
September 15, 2013
Less than two months after securing a deserved word-of-mouth hit with The Conjuring, James Wan serves up a turkey with this confused, crudely staged sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 15, 2013
Falls short, especially when much of the would-be frights shoulder on Wilson's overwrought and rather embarrassing attempt at echoing Jack Nicholson in THE SHINING.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique
September 13, 2013
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 feels like a guided tour through a haunted house you have visited once too often: the scares come too seldom, and the guide keeps boring you with background details you don't really need to know.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
September 13, 2013
Too campy and too silly for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 13, 2013
What a shame that director James Wan had to follow up a triumph like this summer's The Conjuring with a complete dud like Insidious: Chapter 2. A disjointed mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 13, 2013
Nothing in the picture delivers the jolts that the first 'Insidious,' or Wan's more recent 'The Conjuring,' did.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kofi Outlaw
ScreenRant
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 expands upon the original story in an intriguing and smart way - tweaking and evolving series ideas in new (and spooky) ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 13, 2013
For a somewhat forced sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2 has enough thrills to make it a fun release on Friday the 13th.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 is a puzzle movie with too many unnecessary pieces and not enough essential ones, but it's superior to its predecessor in a few basic ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
September 13, 2013
Though there's some admirably clever plotting to interweave the film's second half with events in the original, it's simply not as scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 13, 2013
Wan reintroduces the 21st century curse of digital sound effects overkill. By the end, you'll be watching "Din-sidious".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 is not only unnecessary but it commits the cardinal sin of devaluing its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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