The Conjuring Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2013
It's generic and lazy as storytelling, but this time there's almost enough playful camerawork to distract from the feeble conception.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 18, 2013
Wan has gotten very good at crafting those creepy moments; now he just needs to apply them to a more interesting story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 2, 2013
The sound effects are the aural equivalent of a 21st century form of digital diarrhoea, guaranteed to leave the hairs on the back of your neck suffering from erectile dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 18, 2013
This saga of demonic possession deploys the full audio firepower of modern multiplexes, and does so with brain-battering frequency, like a ghostbusting version of a Japanese Taiko drum ensemble.
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
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
June 26, 2013
You've seen it before, you'll see it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Clay Cane
BET.com
July 19, 2013
A character declares, 'God brought us together for a reason!' Too bad it was for this movie, another over-hyped horror flick rehashing a four-decade old storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
July 17, 2013
Could it be director James Wan was just a little too reverential? Because just when we couldn't need a chill down the spine more, this carefully made horror story delivers way too late in the game.
Nick Schager
Film Journal International
July 16, 2013
Haunted-house tales don't come more imitative than The Conjuring, which doesn't emulate demonic-infestation and possession tales like The Amityville Horror and The Exorcist so much as operate as a veritable compendium of their myriad tropes.
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
Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com
July 19, 2013
Watching "The Conjuring" is like getting a tour of a haunted house attraction from someone that pushes, and pulls you through every room.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 17, 2013
"The Conjuring" wants Dan and Lorraine to seem like Indiana Jones-style hunters of the supernatural, but in this basic jolt-provider, they're as fascinating as the Jersey Devil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 1, 2013
Here is a humdrum hunk of am-dram Gothic, lent prestige by a few specious avowals of its basis in a true exorcism case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 17, 2013
Any hints of a smarter agenda serve to cloud the main one: "The Conjuring" has been engineered to freak you out.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Anthony Quinn
Independent
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
Matt Pais
RedEye
July 18, 2013
Like a game of spot the cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 19, 2013
[Wan's] entire film is possessed - by other films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
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.
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 18, 2013
The poster for The Conjuring boasts "from the director of Saw and Insidious", which was a much wiser choice than "from the writers of The Reaping".
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 12, 2013
These things run on faith, not reason, like the silly amateur exorcism that will have to be intoned when a priest is too far away and the silly scientific paraphernalia carted around.
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