Insidious

2011

Insidious

Critics Consensus

Aside from a shaky final act, Insidious is a very scary and very fun haunted house thrill ride.

66%

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Reviews Counted: 174

62%
liked it

Audience Score

User Ratings: 130,472

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Reviews Count: 0
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62%
Average Rating: 3.5/5

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Saw franchise veterans James Wan and Leigh Whannell team with Paranormal Activity writer/director Oren Peli to give the familiar haunted house story an exciting new twist with this tale of a family that moves into an old house and begins to suspect they are under siege from otherworldly forces when their young son inexplicably falls into a deep coma. As devoted parents Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) struggle in vain to uncover the root cause of their son's condition, the stress of the situation gradually begins to take its toll on their once-strong relationship. Later, when darkness falls and specters appear to reach out for them from the shadows, the frightened parents realize they're dealing with powers beyond human comprehension. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Patrick Wilson
as Josh Lambert
Rose Byrne
as Renai Lambert
Ty Simpkins
as Dalton Lambert
Lin Shaye
as Elise Rainier
Barbara Hershey
as Lorraine Lambert
Andrew Astor
as Foster Lambert
Kelly Devoto
as Doll Girl #1
Corbett Tuck
as Nurse Adele/Doll Girl #2
Heather Tocquigny
as Nurse Kelly
Ruben Pla
as Dr. Sercarz
John Henry Binder
as Father Martin
Joseph Bishara
as Lipstick-Face Demon
Philip Friedman
as Old Woman
J LaRose
as Long Haired Fiend
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Critic Reviews for Insidious

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (34)

  • Director James Wan here proves himself very adept at building dramatic tension and making you anxious about the things going on in your peripheral vision.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A supernatural horror flick by and for horror buffs.

    May 1, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Good for a handful of jumps and guilty giggles before it quickly reaches for the slipshod, hokey contrivances you don't expect until number 2 or 3 in the franchise.

    Apr 28, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • The film is the work of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, who founded the Saw franchise. But Insidious, with its haunted house predictability, is pale stuff by comparison.

    Apr 28, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • Not so much insidious as inexcusable.

    Apr 27, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Wan and Whannell have, in effect, ripped pages from the "Poltergeist" playbook and stripped the formulas down to old-style gothic scares.

    Apr 11, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Insidious

Very well directed and certainly one of the scariest movies I have seen in the past few years, this smart horror movie knows how to avoid the clichés and maintain a constant tension instead of going for the cheap scares - and it really knows how to scare the hell out of the viewers.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I tried, but I just couldn't get interested in this. The three screaming kids were way more scary than anything else going on in that house. I gave up half hour in. Just found it boring, and I didn't care about any of them as characters.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

review coming.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

I don't usually do horror movies, but this one was actually pretty good, even if I did spend a great amount of time talking and yelling at the TV to distract myself from potential jump scenes.

Flutie Archibald
Flutie Archibald

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