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Insidious: Chapter 2 Reviews

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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.
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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 is not only unnecessary but it commits the cardinal sin of devaluing its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
September 13, 2013
An increasing amount of metaphysical backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that do work this time around.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
September 13, 2013
This sequel to the horror hit about a boy lost in the demon-infested netherworld called The Further adds the element of time travel to its paranormal expeditions -- and sinks in its own murk.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
September 13, 2013
Most of Chapter 2 is unintentionally hilarious.
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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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 follows the further misfortunes of the Lambert family with diminishing insidious rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 12, 2013
Wan is getting better and better at figuring out what to do with the camera, and maneuvering actors within a shot for maximum suspense, while letting his design collaborators do the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 12, 2013
Yes, of course it's the sequel to 2010's Insidious, but it seems cobbled together from outtakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
September 12, 2013
This is one of the more pointless follow-ups ever, just an assortment of scary-movie tropes randomly doled out, with unavoidable jolts at regular intervals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 12, 2013
All the standard spooks pop up: creepy baby toys, a piano that plays itself, a lady in white roaming the house, predictable jump-scares galore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 12, 2013
A mess from start to finish -- though, judging by the ending, this story won't be over any time soon -- Insidious: Chapter 2 is the kind of lazy, halfhearted product that gives scary movies a bad name.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
September 12, 2013
The problem is, Wan is reaching into the same old grab bag of shock scares, creaky-door sound effects, and ominous baby monitor voices he used in the far better original Insidious.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 12, 2013
Considering how creatively bankrupt and stylistically profligate this second installment of the franchise is, the new movie should really be called Insidious: Chapter 11.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 12, 2013
[The film] might have been wackily entertaining if the whole thing weren't so sluggishly paced, poorly lit and dispiritingly unoriginal.
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Sandy Cohen
Associated Press
September 12, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up where the first story ended, but the sequel has enough scares, laughs and a story of its own to stand alone.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 12, 2013
If you're a fan of the post-Poltergeist shocks and scares offered up by the first Insidious, then you'll be thrilled to hear that Chapter 2 manages to jolt and unsettle without merely repeating itself.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2013
If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2013
Chronic mediocrity continues to haunt this series exploring the terrors of demonic possession.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
September 12, 2013
A modestly scaled and highly pleasurable sequel to Wan's low-budget 2011 smash that should have genre fans begging for thirds.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2013
This busy-yet-dull sequel feels like Wan robotically flexing his manipulation of fright-film signposts, an exercise more silly than sinister.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 12, 2013
Comes upon a few quirky solutions and movie-ripoff scares before settling into a kind of coma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 12, 2013
Been there, seen that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 12, 2013
If there is a fundamental flaw in Chapter 2, it's that it will make absolutely no sense unless you've seen the first one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
September 10, 2013
For all but the most forgiving horror fans, this is a lazy, stupid and incoherent failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5