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Insidious: Chapter 2 Reviews

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J. Olson
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 1, 2015
If we had to have a sequel, "Chapter 2" is a really good one.
Scott Weinberg
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
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
Eric Melin
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
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
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.
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
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 18, 2013
Chapter 2 might be the better film, though, frankly, it's hard to separate the two pictures. I honestly have never seen a sequel that's as completely organic as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Gilchrist
September 15, 2013
A sprawling, idiosyncratic film that attempts to recontextualize the events of its predecessor, Wan's sequel is ambitious but shortsighted, creepy but cartoonish, but utterly watchable.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
September 15, 2013
it's Wilson who dominates the screen with a finely calibrated exploration of mental, physical, and moral decay
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kofi Outlaw
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 expands upon the original story in an intriguing and smart way - tweaking and evolving series ideas in new (and spooky) ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
September 13, 2013
For a somewhat forced sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2 has enough thrills to make it a fun release on Friday the 13th.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
September 13, 2013
just because it's not as good as the original doesn't make this sequel a bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
September 13, 2013
If perhaps not as frightening as the original, Insidious 2 certainly amps up the knowing hokiness (which was always at least a ghostly presence in the first film), while proving far bolder and more ingenious than your average sequel.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 may be somewhat uneven, but at a certain point near the end, I realized I hadn't taken any notes during the second half. For all its weirdness, the film had utterly transported me.
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