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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.
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
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
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
Peter Galvin
May 12, 2011
Insidious is very much a 21st century modern horror movie, which is to say it's more interested in tricks and scares than 'horror'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 12, 2011
Insidious is happy enough with elevating your breathing pattern every now and then, as opposed to choking you outright with one shock after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
FILMINK (Australia)
May 12, 2011
While the third act descends into silliness, for the most part this is a superbly crafted and genuinely scary flick that borrows brilliantly from horror classics.
Anthony Morris
The Vine
May 12, 2011
It's intelligent, it's well-paced, it's packed with both unsettling scenes and pop-up shocks that never feel cheap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Glenn Dunks
May 12, 2011
For the majority of its running time Insidious is a scary good time at the movies.
Anders Wotzke
May 11, 2011
This is a good ol' fashioned haunting, one with a tangible atmosphere, strong performances and plenty of skin-crawling scares.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
May 11, 2011
Wan uses the lack of lighting, shaky camera and creepy music to keep us watching intently.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Erik Childress
May 11, 2011
Insidious is quite scary and a lot of fun to go along with, as scare scenes are mixed up and played with in a way where I felt shortchanged with Sam Raimi's return-to-roots, Drag Me To Hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
May 9, 2011
Conjures up a nightmarish quality that I found difficult to shake off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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