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The Nun Reviews

October 9, 2018
Once everyone gets to the abbey, the film simply gives up the ghost and cynically indulges every horror trick in the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 22, 2018
By overly relying on jump scares, "The Nun" uses a mechanical approach toward instilling fear rather than a more profound understanding of terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 7, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
September 6, 2018
Its script utilizes the kitchen-sink approach common to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters-and the film is worse off for it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 6, 2018
Do any of these various jump scares ever register? Not really. For that to happen, the movie would have to have built up tension and suspense, which I guess it figures it isn't required to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 6, 2018
The dazzling effects can't mask a slow narrative. Also, creaky floors, jump scares - and just about every horror cliche we can think of - can only take the movie so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 6, 2018
A mix of slow-burn religious mystery and old-school adventure that egregiously fails to utilize its greatest hit: Bonnie Aarons' terrifyingly freaky villainess of the cloth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 6, 2018
It's all Aaaah! and Eeek! and on and on. It's so choppy and predictable that it becomes laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 6, 2018
"The Nun," shot in murky pools of darkness that often leave you squinting at the screen, is a dispiriting reminder that franchising evil inevitably dissipates its impact.
September 6, 2018
An empty thrill ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 5, 2018
It's lush, operatic, hardcore Catholic horror from the depths of "The Omen" and "The Exorcist," with hints of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "Black Narcissus," washed with medieval overtones. And it's a total, screaming blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 5, 2018
There are creepy crypts aplenty and a graveyard with bell-equipped coffins just in case anyone gets buried alive (alas, the transgressive sexuality of the era's more extreme nunsploitation flicks is off the table).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2018
Rather than grandiose and ponderous, The Nun is workaday, lunch pail gothic, getting the job done with the energy of a factory floor.
September 5, 2018
''The Nun" shrouds itself so much in darkness that it at times verges on becoming a nightmarish abstraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2018
There is rarely any sense that anyone involved with "The Nun" takes anything here too seriously, and audiences are advised to respond in kind.
September 5, 2018
The Nun comes closest to its ideal form of go-to midnight-movie, the fun younger cousin of the Conjuring movies with less build-up but more of the money shots you'll come to a theater to see.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 5, 2018
It's good clean fun nevertheless, and the set pieces expertly supply the tension-and-release satisfactions of the genre
September 5, 2018
Moves at a fast clip, like it's desperate to get to the next set piece. A little more action and a little less gore, and it could have made a rollicking installment of Universal's defunct "Dark Universe" franchise.
September 5, 2018
Specters and hallucinations appear without consistent narrative logic. Characters veer off separately when teamwork might reduce brushes with demons or death.