Insidious: Chapter 2 Reviews

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Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
The best horror films stay with you, leaving you jumping at the slightest sounds. This is decidedly not that kind of movie.
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
September 12, 2013
The mix is way off this time and much of it has to do with Wan falling back on standard horror tactics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Charlie Schmidlin
The Playlist
September 13, 2013
Wilson's new role is that of stock Lifetime-movie aggressor, veering between tortured monologues and ham-fisted apologies to the hysterical Byrne, who stumbles through the film like a Mr. Magoo caught in cobwebs.
Full Review | Original Score: D
John Serba
MLive.com
September 13, 2013
Despite its assured direction, the sequel to 2011's Insidious insists upon trotting out the hoary clichés of countless scarefests before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 1, 2013
Clever isn't the same as scary. It's the unexplained, not the over-explained, that tingles the spine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Blohm
Little White Lies
September 12, 2013
Drown it in ectoplasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
December 23, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 has a number of issues, chief among them the fact that it recycles far too much of the first film, turning this into a dreadfully dull ghost story with no chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 has a slower pace and a lighter tone than the original film. The jump-out scares have been tucked away and are more methodical in execution. However the sequel will likely not be as much of a crowd-pleaser as Insidious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
Eddie Harrison
The List
September 10, 2013
Considerably less grounded in any kind of recognizable reality than the first chapter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 12, 2013
All the standard spooks pop up: creepy baby toys, a piano that plays itself, a lady in white roaming the house, predictable jump-scares galore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 12, 2013
Been there, seen that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
September 12, 2013
The scariest thing about it is that there will probably be a Chapter 3.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 26, 2013
The movie finds itself haunted by a three-headed beast: incoherence, illogicality and contrivance.
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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
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 12, 2013
More silly than sinister
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
September 18, 2013
Egregious would be a better title than Insidious.
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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William Goss
Film.com
September 13, 2013
An increasing amount of metaphysical backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that do work this time around.
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