Insidious: Chapter 2 Reviews

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October 4, 2013
Most of [Wan's] peers shoot a bunch of scenes and let the editor make a smoothie. Wan no longer relies on visual gibberish. He has become a classicist in that sense.
September 17, 2013
Characters in Whannell/Wan screenplays speak with the first-draft expository bluntness of a cheap '50s thriller, letting the characters step on some of the best reveals.
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 is a puzzle movie with too many unnecessary pieces and not enough essential ones, but it's superior to its predecessor in a few basic ways.
September 13, 2013
Though there's some admirably clever plotting to interweave the film's second half with events in the original, it's simply not as scary.
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 is not only unnecessary but it commits the cardinal sin of devaluing its predecessor.
September 13, 2013
An increasing amount of metaphysical backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that do work this time around.
March 2, 2019
The high moral seriousness of the central conceit in both Insidious films -- that of a haunted child -- undoubtedly deserves more delicate touches and more sobering scares.
February 20, 2019
It's unfortunate that the director who gave us one of the best horror films of the year with The Conjuring is the same guy delivering the terribly underwhelming Insidious Chapter 2 less than two months later.
January 25, 2019
Insidious: Chapter 2 isn't as honestly terrifying as the original, but it rates as okay horror fun.
December 13, 2018
Well, the gang are all back for a second helping of manufactured lunacy. Routinely, Chapter 2 tap dances to the tepid trappings of its conventional creepiness while never challenging the audience beyond the opportunistic reboot
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