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The Conjuring Reviews

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Top Critic
Wesley Morris
January 6, 2014
Every hand that reaches into a wardrobe, every nervous trip into that basement just gets on your nerves. Satan needs to get over himself.
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
December 16, 2013
Director James Wan delivers effective scares, showing more interest in sinewy camera moves and building a slow creep than in mindless gore, but the performances are a mixed bag, and the script repeatedly seeks refuge in the familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
December 16, 2013
Advance word that this would be the scariest horror since Amityville proves well wide of the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alicia Malone
IGN Movies
December 16, 2013
Despite having a fairly standard haunted house horror plot, James Wan has created a fun, scary and beautiful looking movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 16, 2013
It is scary, and it conveys something even rarer in horror films -- the ring of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Owen Williams
Empire Magazine
December 16, 2013
A strong cast and an atmosphere of real dread mean that despite a catalogue of immediately recognisable ghost devices, The Conjuring amounts to more than the sum of its scary parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
December 16, 2013
There's nothing new or original about it, but it's entertaining enough, and one can't help but respect the craft that went into making something catchy out of component parts stolen from others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Mankoff
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
[Wan] combines the ambiance of horror's leisure-suit heyday with the more recent brand of well-timed what's-that-in-the-mirror scares.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 31, 2013
It's atmospheric, terrifying, and brilliant in its intricately placed bouts of horror and suspense.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 23, 2013
Director James Wan, best known for creating the Saw franchise, delivers his finest work to date. Instead of relying on the graphic, slasher-style techniques that made Saw a hit, Wan turns to old-fashioned suspense, and the payoff is big.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2013
Better-than-average demon movie goes bump in the night
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 7, 2013
In The Conjuring, the scary casts out the spirit of the silly, permanently, and with a vengeance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
October 7, 2013
The Conjuring is a well-crafted throwback to old school horror films, and the scares are unrelenting, but fans of the genre may find themselves guessing what is coming next.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Luke Mullen
Film School Rejects
October 7, 2013
Easily one of the best horror films I've seen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 7, 2013
Even in the dark, it's clear where this is going -- but Wan does know his way around a haunted house.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Medsker
October 7, 2013
With any luck, The Conjuring will lead potential future horror filmmakers raised on a diet of torture porn and slasher films to rethink their approach. One can hope, at least.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Phil Brown
Globe and Mail
October 7, 2013
The Conjuring uses every stock scare in the horror movie playbook for a dumb, yet charmingly traditional haunted house picture that manages to feel more retro than rehashed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 7, 2013
Wan takes some unpromising ingredients and cooks it with style, tension and heart-stopping surprise moments.
Michael Dequina
September 15, 2013
A carefully, masterfully crafted and ever-so-crescendoing exercise in atmospheric dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 12, 2013
These things run on faith, not reason, like the silly amateur exorcism that will have to be intoned when a priest is too far away and the silly scientific paraphernalia carted around.
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