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 15, 2013
Boo, indeed.
September 15, 2013
Less than two months after securing a deserved word-of-mouth hit with The Conjuring, James Wan serves up a turkey with this confused, crudely staged sequel.
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
Whannell's script is so rife with portentous backstory, third-act goofiness, and a denouement that practically screams Insidious 3: Same Old S---, that the film as a whole is jarring, and not in a good way.
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.
September 13, 2013
Talented filmmakers manage to elevate the uneven narrative and produce an entertaining experience, but 'Chapter 2' is nowhere near as refined as the original.
September 13, 2013
Most of Chapter 2 is unintentionally hilarious.
September 13, 2013
Repetitive, cluttered, just silly variation on the first movie that will feel like a step back for anyone who admired Wan's notable advancement as a filmmaker in this summer's stellar The Conjuring.
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.
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.
September 12, 2013
Yes, of course it's the sequel to 2010's Insidious, but it seems cobbled together from outtakes.
September 12, 2013
Wan remains a crafty enough director to draw your eye warily across the frame. You shouldn't feel so daft for flinching this time.
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.
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.
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