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Insidious Reviews

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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
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
Matt Looker
September 27, 2012
About as subtle as a fart at a sťance
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
April 4, 2011
It's not scary, it's just surprising and surprise is not the same thing as horror.
Simon Miraudo
May 9, 2011
This is not the rollicking rollercoaster frightfest Paranormal Activity 1 and 2 were, nor is it a playful genre throwback like Drag Me To Hell, or even a touching family film like Poltergeist (which Insidious apes most).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 31, 2011
Aesthetically, Insidious operates at the level of a decent high school video project.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 31, 2011
Wan and Whannell have come a long way since Saw, but they still have a little further to go.
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
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
March 17, 2011
Its descent into gimmicky bollocks is quick and unrelenting.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 31, 2011
When a pair of goofy (and unamusing) ghostbusters and their medium boss (Lin Shaye) show up, Insidious takes a tragic turn toward the stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 31, 2011
Not terrifically good, but moviegoers will get what they're expecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2011
Looking up the word Insidious in the dictionary is a more fulfilling experience than seeing the movie Insidious.
| Original Score: D
Top Critic
Mike Hale
New York Times
March 31, 2011
The strongest analogue for the second half of "Insidious" is one that the filmmakers probably weren't trying for: it feels like a less poetic version of an M. Night Shyamalan fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike Scott
April 1, 2011
A poor man's Poltergeist.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Clay Cane
March 31, 2011
The most the James Wan film has is ear-piercing sound effects with quick cuts to scary faces. Of course you'll jump, but you'll also jump if someone runs behind you and screams in your eardrum -- this is the same effect as 'Insidious.'
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
April 1, 2011
It's a horror show all right. Stilted line readings creep hand-in-demonic claw with pacing that could induce rigor. If only Mrs. Gas Mask Psychic could have warned us in advance ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
April 27, 2011
Like the ghouls and ghosties confronted by its characters, Insidious overstays its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 1, 2011
The movie is called "Insidious," but "Insipidious" would be more appropriate.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
March 28, 2011
By the time the absurdly deflating finale rolls around, Wan has managed to not only botch his own film, but sully the one cool element of Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace as well.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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