The Nun

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The Nun boasts strong performances, spooky atmospherics, and a couple decent set-pieces, but its sins include inconsistent logic and narrative slackness.



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When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in "The Conjuring 2," as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

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Taissa Farmiga
as Sister Irene
Demian Bichir
as Father Burke
Bonnie Aarons
as Demon Nun
Charlotte Hope
as Sister Victoria
Ingrid Bisu
as Sister Oana
Jonas Bloquet
as Frenchie

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Critic Reviews for The Nun

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (23)

  • Once everyone gets to the abbey, the film simply gives up the ghost and cynically indulges every horror trick in the book.

    Oct 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • By overly relying on jump scares, "The Nun" uses a mechanical approach toward instilling fear rather than a more profound understanding of terror.

    Sep 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Were it not for sudden blasts of Dolby fury, there would be nothing to provide shocks, let alone scares. What terrifies most is the complete and utter lack of plot.

    Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • With no effort whatever to build a sinister atmosphere by layering the tension and creating characters about whom their parents could possibly care, every stab at a fright is a bog-standard jump scare...

    Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Its script utilizes the kitchen-sink approach common to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters-and the film is worse off for it.

    Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The scares are non-existent (being pulled backwards along the floor into a darkened room hasn't been scary since Insidious in 2010).

    Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Nun

  • Apr 15, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2019
    Objectively speaking, this not a good movie. Even so, I have to admit I kind of liked it. Look, the story is as bare bones as it gets, basically just being a corny little haunted house story with some super forced and contrived backstories to either give a false sense of depth or provide fodder for scares. But if a movie's atmosphere and look is strong enough, I can kind of get past a lot of that, and The Nun just nailed a lot of the atmosphere of stuff I like. I like religious horror (except the overused exorcism trope), I like people walking around old castles, I like foggy graveyards, and the idea of a haunted abbey with a creepy nun just really appeals to a particular sense in me. As far as creepy Hammer Horror atmosphere, The Nun has it in spades, and it totally grabbed the part of me that wanted to see a priest running through an overly foggy graveyard. However, I know that is a particular appeal, and as far as plot and scares go The Nun doesn't really work. It's got creepy atmosphere that's actually pretty effective, but as far as actual scares it's just cheap jump scares. The characters are all surprisingly good and well played, but they don't have much story to work with. So I guess it's more of a guilty pleasure than a quality movie.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2019
    The latest in The Conjuring series, The Nun is an incredibly terrifying horror film. The story follows a priest and a nun in training who are sent to investigate a Romanian nunnery in which a nun was found dead of an apparent suicide, but they soon discover an evil presence and begin to suspect that there's more going on than there appears to be. Both Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga give strong performances and director Corin Hardy does an especially good job at creating an atmospheric tone that's full of suspense. Additionally, the writers build the mystery of what happened at the nunnery fairly well and find a clever way to tie the story into the other Conjuring films. A bone-chilling supernatural thriller, The Nun is one of the best entries in the series.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    The NUN is the third in a line of spin-offs prompted by the success of James Wan's 2013 throwback horror flick, The Conjuring, which itself spawned a sequel in 2016. In between and since those films we have also received the likes of Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation neither of which I've had the privilege of viewing, but from what I hear I'm really (not) missing out. Of course, I didn't see Insidious: The Last Key either, so it seems there is something about these spin-offs of Wan initiated franchises that tend to either push me away or leave me feeling so uninterested I could care less whether I consume them or not (which is saying a lot for a guy who feels the needs to see and assess as many new releases as he can each year). While both Conjuring films had their merits and were, at the very least, well-constructed, the spin-offs featuring that demon-laden doll have had a go of one being bashed as outright terrible and the other being hailed as an effective genre exercise. Unfortunately, if the consensus is true, then The NUN as written by Conjuring-verse veteran Gary Dauberman (who, funnily enough, had nothing to do with either of The Conjuring films, but was one of the credited screenwriters on last year's IT, so I'll give him that) falls into the former category joining 2014's Annabelle as more an opportunity for revenue than a true creative endeavor. Dauberman wrote both Annabelle and last year's Annabelle: Creation though and so maybe, as much as we like to believe story is the most important thing, when it comes to the horror genre it is more about the way in which these ghost stories are constructed and conveyed that matters just a little bit more. Annabelle was directed by first time feature director and former cinematographer John R. Leonetti whereas Creation was directed by Lights Out filmmaker David F. Sandberg who was recognized for a short film he made then adapted into a feature. This is all to say that Sandberg likely has an inherent eye and skill for directing whereas Leonetti may have seen countless director's work over the years, but might not be able on his own to build a cohesive product having to manage several departments at once. This brings us to Corin Hardy who shares more in common with Sandberg in terms of experience and perspective, but whose film shares more in common with what Leonetti apparently crafted. Meaning, The NUN is a fine example of throwing shit against a wall for an hour and a half to see what sticks and then moving on leaving a mess in the wake of whoever has to come behind it and clean-up. I feel bad for whoever makes The NUN: Final Vows. read the whole review at
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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