Annabelle: Creation Reviews

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August 18, 2017
Sometimes a creepy-looking doll is just a creepy-looking doll and no amount of repetition can make the sweet old song You Are My Sunshine even the slightest bit scary.
August 13, 2017
The set-up is promising, and it offers some decent early jump scares. But eventually the thinness of the material becomes overwhelmingly obvious.
August 11, 2017
It might not be another Conjuring, but [Annabelle: Creation] manages to channel the appeal of the franchise well enough to keep its blood flowing until the next installment.
August 11, 2017
Has echoes of the original film, and works more with mood and less with cheap scares than either Annabelle or The Conjuring 2, resulting in a truly effective genre flick.
August 11, 2017
While the original Annabelle was a rather decent, well-crafted chiller, this one seems a bit more ham-fisted and less satisfying.
August 11, 2017
It's proof that slower doesn't always mean better in horror.
August 11, 2017
Sandberg does nothing to update his horror film from some of the genre's more damaging stereotypes.
August 11, 2017
The clumsy script has difficulty establishing the rules of what the doll and the daughter can do, so you're never really sure of what the characters are up against.
August 10, 2017
The fourth, and strongest, film in the Conjuring franchise, Annabelle: Creation is an exercise in pitch-perfect, nerve-jangling, modern horror film-making.
August 10, 2017
In tangling with this group of feisty girls, Annabelle has become a true horror icon.
August 10, 2017
Sandberg manages to squeeze out more than a few jolts armed only with an isolated setting, a doll and some mood lighting.
August 10, 2017
As with last year's "Lights Out," [Mr. Sandberg] proves a master of the flash-scare, a nifty choreographer of precipitous timing and striptease visuals. But he's also adroit with more leisurely horrors
August 10, 2017
When you find yourself anxiously scanning every background for suspicious activity, or wondering how a house full of people can suddenly seem so ominously quiet and emptied-out, you know the filmmaker knows what he's doing.
August 10, 2017
The constant floating, spinning, shattering, and slamming of household objects gradually saps the movie's tension.
August 10, 2017
Sandberg knows how to ratchet up suspense, composing shots filled with beautiful shadows, in whose corners there always seems to be lurking something scary ...
August 10, 2017
A stock story, but the high scare-count should make this a hit with horror fans.
August 10, 2017
The kind of old-school chiller that starts slow, patiently turning the screws and introducing a surplus of creepy set pieces ... before making potent use of each in a brutal, blood-curdling crescendo of a third act.
August 10, 2017
A well-made horror film and a solid addition to the canon.
August 10, 2017
If you go searching for an original idea in this tiresome thriller about a soul-sucking demon doll, you won't find one.
August 10, 2017
There are "gotcha" jolts that definitely got me, but for each of those, there must be a half-dozen scares telegraphed in very large letters. I think "Annabelle: Creation" is suffering from sequelitis.
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