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Insidious: Chapter 2 Reviews

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J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 14, 2016
It's the screenplay's salient collision of past and present that sets the film apart from most horror sequels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
October 15, 2015
The movie isn't merely bad, it's incompetent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 1, 2015
If we had to have a sequel, "Chapter 2" is a really good one.
Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow
August 24, 2015
Not much that's new (hey, it's a sequel) but there's still an old-fashioned respect for the pleasures of simple creepiness.
Richard Haridy
Quickflix
March 11, 2014
It's not gory, but relies on ceaseless weirdness with scores of jump scares and even an odd Back To The Future 2-style subplot that's undeveloped yet still adds to the overall sense of crazy. Love or hate it, this is pretty effective modern scare cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
The best horror films stay with you, leaving you jumping at the slightest sounds. This is decidedly not that kind of movie.
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
January 8, 2014
It's a treat to see old-school film technique and makeup design rather than an overabundance of CGI work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
December 23, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 has a number of issues, chief among them the fact that it recycles far too much of the first film, turning this into a dreadfully dull ghost story with no chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 17, 2013
At this film's start, young Elise tells young Josh, "I promise, it won't hurt." You know that she knows this can't be so.
November 8, 2013
Carrying on where the last one left off, horror maestro du jour James Wan (Saw, Dead Silence, The Conjuring) serves up a juicy, fright-filled spookfest with this follow-up to the 2011 hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
November 6, 2013
INSIDIOUS: Chapter Two has a good cache of scares; a necessary injection of mystery and despite small doses of clunky performances and scripting it's a rare, high quality horror sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony O'Connor
FILMINK (Australia)
November 5, 2013
Trashy and silly and occasionally unintentionally funny, it is nonetheless weirdly compelling.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 30, 2013
...often fares even better than its entertaining predecessor...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
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.
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 1, 2013
Clever isn't the same as scary. It's the unexplained, not the over-explained, that tingles the spine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 30, 2013
It relies on cheap thrills and fails to generate consistent suspense, while lacking the sharp sense of humor that kept the first film from bogging down.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 28, 2013
Alas, the tension and fright remain mostly invisible in "Insidious: Chapter 2," the disappointing sequel to the terrific "Insidious."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
September 27, 2013
Amps up the scares without breaking any new ground while offering more layers and less gore than most films in this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 26, 2013
The movie finds itself haunted by a three-headed beast: incoherence, illogicality and contrivance.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 20, 2013
Wan and Whannell return to their 2011 hit with a vengeance, gleefully filling in the story before, after and even during that first chapter with even more gonzo nuttiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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