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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.
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
August 26, 2015
Finds a pitch-perfect balance between homage and originality.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
May 12, 2011
For the majority of its running time Insidious is a scary good time at the movies.
May 11, 2011
This is a good ol' fashioned haunting, one with a tangible atmosphere, strong performances and plenty of skin-crawling scares.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2011
Wan uses the lack of lighting, shaky camera and creepy music to keep us watching intently.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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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