The Conjuring Reviews

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March 2, 2019
seems like James Wan has found his official ghost movie shooting style, because ... I feel like this film is almost indistinguishable from Insidious.
February 14, 2019
The back half of the movie is also more formulaic and less interesting in every other way. The characters no longer offer surprises, and the scares are more predictable.
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.
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.
October 14, 2014
This one never really takes hold and goes horribly wrong about 20 minutes before the end.
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.
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.
December 16, 2013
Advance word that this would be the scariest horror since Amityville proves well wide of the mark.
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.
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.
August 4, 2013
It's scare-to-medium stuff with the usual ghoulies, ghosties, long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night.
August 2, 2013
The sound effects are the aural equivalent of a 21st century form of digital diarrhoea, guaranteed to leave the hairs on the back of your neck suffering from erectile dysfunction.
August 1, 2013
Here is a humdrum hunk of am-dram Gothic, lent prestige by a few specious avowals of its basis in a true exorcism case.
July 26, 2013
It's really not much more frightening than, say, The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone or Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, but it's modestly elevated by James Wan's relatively restrained direction.
July 24, 2013
James Wan's 2004 breakthrough, Saw, was the definition of torture porn. His latest, on the other hand, is simply torture.
July 21, 2013
Wan's latest exercise in jump-scare theatre... better to call it "The Startling".
July 19, 2013
A character declares, 'God brought us together for a reason!' Too bad it was for this movie, another over-hyped horror flick rehashing a four-decade old storyline.
July 19, 2013
Watching "The Conjuring" is like getting a tour of a haunted house attraction from someone that pushes, and pulls you through every room.
July 19, 2013
[Wan's] entire film is possessed - by other films.
July 18, 2013
As "The Conjuring" progresses, the scares don't register beyond standard issue horror gotchas. They're as telegraphed as the musical cues alerting you something spooky is about to happen.
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