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Insidious: Chapter 2 Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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
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
September 13, 2013
An increasing amount of metaphysical backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that do work this time around.
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
September 13, 2013
Most of Chapter 2 is unintentionally hilarious.
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.
September 13, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 follows the further misfortunes of the Lambert family with diminishing insidious rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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-
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
September 12, 2013
[The film] might have been wackily entertaining if the whole thing weren't so sluggishly paced, poorly lit and dispiritingly unoriginal.
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.
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.
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
September 12, 2013
Chronic mediocrity continues to haunt this series exploring the terrors of demonic possession.
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.
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
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
September 12, 2013
Been there, seen that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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