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The Conjuring Reviews

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Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
July 11, 2016
The Conjuring is a memorably spooky event; a campfire tale told with a breathless adamancy that stirs the hackles and attacks the imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
This is no classic, but director James Wan is a deft conductor who orchestrates the scariest ride of the season from threads of familiarly black melodies.
J. Olson
April 9, 2016
At best, "The Conjuring" is a drop or two of rain in the middle of a decades-long horror drought. It won't tide anyone over for more than a couple hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Keyes
November 3, 2015
A movie that exemplifies the golden standards of the haunted house formula and escalates them to something rather rousing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
October 7, 2015
By all means, feel free to initially underrate this finely crafted and genuinely scary production. Making such a mistake will only serve to leave you more impressed (and slightly rattled) than you might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
August 24, 2015
An old-fashioned haunted house horror story made by people who love them. Classy, creepy, fun.
Rob Gonsalves
July 15, 2015
The sound design of the movie is oppressive beyond belief -- this damn thing is louder than "Pacific Rim."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Stuckmann
April 23, 2015
The Conjuring's use of tension, atmosphere, and suggestion prove that the scariest thing to an audience has nothing to do with what you see, but what you don't.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
October 14, 2014
Wan uses every horror cliche with blithe confidence. He knows no one is immune if the effects are sturdily built, and not too literal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Burns
October 14, 2014
Sometimes it all comes down to craftsmanship. There's probably nothing you haven't seen before in director James Wan's The Conjuring, but rarely have you seen it done so well.
Sarah Ward
October 14, 2014
The Conjuring simply takes a standard story comprised of the usual components, and with warmth and commitment makes them not just palatable, but successful.
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
October 14, 2014
It's solidly effective at bringing the scares, which is all it really sets out to do, right?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Whitney Scott Bain
October 14, 2014
The viewer is completely absorbed in a story peppered with genuine, unexpected, bump in the night scares that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
Scott Marks
San Diego Reader
October 14, 2014
The trailer for The Conjuring is scarier than most horror features of recent vintage, and the feature makes good on the promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 14, 2014
Fans of old-school scary movies and J-horror, rejoice. James Wan's The Conjuring is going to scare the bejeezus out of you.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jesse Hassenger
October 14, 2014
Mainly, the movie wants to scare us, and it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
October 14, 2014
Wan is basically just remaking his own Insidious with a few modest tweaks and a polyester wardrobe, and, just like that movie, The Conjuring gets progressively less scary as it goes along.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Evan Williams
The Australian
October 14, 2014
This one never really takes hold and goes horribly wrong about 20 minutes before the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
An Overlook Hotel-sized creepshow that is genuinely frightening.
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
Leaving slashers behind for the murky uncertainties of the supernatural, James Wan has found a way to expand his talents while driving yet another modern genre shift.
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