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Insidious Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"Insidious" ultimately works because of Mr. Whannell's script, which manages to be inventive and unpredictable despite its paint-by-numbers formalism.
David Keyes
October 4, 2015
A tale of intriguing situations that rise to the surface carefully and cautiously before they explode in a flashy series of stimulating resolutions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
Finds a pitch-perfect balance between homage and originality.
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
This is a movie that wants to be several movies at once. It turns out to be none of them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
Insidious is effectively creepy and is able to provide some great horror elements without the gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
After a suspenseful and shock-filled first hour, it loses control and veers off into routine supernatural silliness. I hate it when that happens.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 9, 2013
The best horror movies get the audience talking back to the screen. "Insidious" manages that, and how...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Looker
September 27, 2012
About as subtle as a fart at a sťance
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Beck
September 20, 2012
There's nothing wrong with its standard set up which has an unsuspecting family haunted by spirits. However, when it comes time for the film to follow through on the plotline, we find out the filmmakers weren't quite up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
April 8, 2012
Reminds of those mazes during Halloween, where figures jump out of the shadows and attempt to scare you--and one look at them beyond a second reveals them to be obnoxious people in even more obnoxious makeup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
Insidious clearly borrows from several sources, but where it fails as a narrative, it succeeds as a shock-a-minute fright fest with plenty of atmosphere and dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Eric Melin
September 9, 2011
The ending struggles to explain too much and take itself a bit too literally, but mostly Insidious is an engaging treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
August 16, 2011
It may be an essentially shallow ride, but it will make you scared of the dark again. It is a strangely comforting to be reminded of what that feels like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
There is much to recommend in this reunion of the creative forces behind the dazzling first Saw movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Michael Brown
Empire Magazine Australasia
July 4, 2011
For all its creaky-old-dark-house cliches, Insidious is a fun ghost-train ride, full of truly terrifying moments. But once it's over, it's forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
June 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Grae Drake
May 20, 2011
Is this reminding you of anything? Like, say 77.2% of any horror movies ever made?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 14, 2011
Insidious is certainly part of a great tradition of scary films, but it's a little too bland and visually unappealing to be memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 12, 2011
They're having such a joke on us because there is a ridiculous element to it and one of the things that I think they fall into the trap of showing too much. Horror and being scared is much more effective without actually seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
May 12, 2011
If the film was attempting to be more than just a horror movie, it doesn't work on that level either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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