The Conjuring Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
October 7, 2013
In The Conjuring, the scary casts out the spirit of the silly, permanently, and with a vengeance.
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.
August 2, 2013
The film may flaunt its true-story credentials for the sake of lurid immediacy but, like the best of its variety, it has a healthy understanding of its own silliness.
August 1, 2013
Wan's shocks are predictable but - yikes! - are they scary.
August 1, 2013
Conjures up expertly timed scares and very little else.
July 30, 2013
Wan builds mounting dread with silence and suspense, lingering the camera unsettlingly long here, creaking a door there.
July 29, 2013
Wan ... builds the many bumps in the night into a small Hitchcockian symphony of terror by way of long, eerie tracking shots, dramatic silences, and sudden scares that are frighteningly immersive.
July 26, 2013
...there were moments where it seemed the entire theater was holding its breath. We were united in one feeling: terror.
July 22, 2013
The horror movie is artfully crafted from the first scares to the closing credits, with a bold retro vibe.
July 19, 2013
This is a horror film where a pair of suddenly clapping hands gives you the heebie-jeebies, and Wan doesn't cheat with his jump scares.
July 19, 2013
An uncommonly intense and frightening experience.
July 19, 2013
... it surpasses the hallmarks of its genre with an actually dramatic storyline and all-around solid acting. Just don't think you can go see it alone.
July 19, 2013
It scared the living crap out of me. Only at the movies is that a compliment. So kudos to The Conjuring for putting fresh fire into the overworked haunted-house genre.
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.
July 18, 2013
"The Conjuring'' depends more on its excellent cast and atmospheric direction than cheap gimmicks to raise hairs on the back of your neck. Which it does, quite frequently.
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