The Conjuring Reviews

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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
October 14, 2014

Wan uses every horror cliche with blithe confidence. He knows no one is immune if the effects are sturdily built, and not too literal.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Burns
October 14, 2014

Sometimes it all comes down to craftsmanship. There's probably nothing you haven't seen before in director James Wan's The Conjuring, but rarely have you seen it done so well.

Sarah Ward
October 14, 2014

The Conjuring simply takes a standard story comprised of the usual components, and with warmth and commitment makes them not just palatable, but successful.

Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
October 14, 2014

It's solidly effective at bringing the scares, which is all it really sets out to do, right?

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leigh Paatsch
Courier Mail (Australia)
October 14, 2014

Finely crafted and genuinely scary.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Marks
San Diego Reader
October 14, 2014

The trailer for The Conjuring is scarier than most horror features of recent vintage, and the feature makes good on the promise.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 14, 2014

Fans of old-school scary movies and J-horror, rejoice. James Wan's The Conjuring is going to scare the bejeezus out of you.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jesse Hassenger
October 14, 2014

Mainly, the movie wants to scare us, and it succeeds.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
October 14, 2014

Wan is basically just remaking his own Insidious with a few modest tweaks and a polyester wardrobe, and, just like that movie, The Conjuring gets progressively less scary as it goes along.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Evan Williams
The Australian
October 14, 2014

This one never really takes hold and goes horribly wrong about 20 minutes before the end.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014

An Overlook Hotel-sized creepshow that is genuinely frightening.

Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014

Leaving slashers behind for the murky uncertainties of the supernatural, James Wan has found a way to expand his talents while driving yet another modern genre shift.

Wesley Morris
Top Critic
January 6, 2014

Every hand that reaches into a wardrobe, every nervous trip into that basement just gets on your nerves. Satan needs to get over himself.

Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
December 16, 2013

Director James Wan delivers effective scares, showing more interest in sinewy camera moves and building a slow creep than in mindless gore, but the performances are a mixed bag, and the script repeatedly seeks refuge in the familiar.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
December 16, 2013

Advance word that this would be the scariest horror since Amityville proves well wide of the mark.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alicia Malone
IGN Movies
December 16, 2013

Despite having a fairly standard haunted house horror plot, James Wan has created a fun, scary and beautiful looking movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 16, 2013

It is scary, and it conveys something even rarer in horror films -- the ring of truth.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Owen Williams
Empire Magazine
December 16, 2013

A strong cast and an atmosphere of real dread mean that despite a catalogue of immediately recognisable ghost devices, The Conjuring amounts to more than the sum of its scary parts.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
December 16, 2013

There's nothing new or original about it, but it's entertaining enough, and one can't help but respect the craft that went into making something catchy out of component parts stolen from others.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Mankoff
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013

[Wan] combines the ambiance of horror's leisure-suit heyday with the more recent brand of well-timed what's-that-in-the-mirror scares.

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