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The Conjuring Review

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3.5

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    69

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice Alan Scherstuhl

    The Conjuring's problem, beyond its lack of a conjuring, is how its otherworldly hokum is stubbornly of this world.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The big difference is that "The Exorcist" took the nation by storm with fresh ideas and brilliant filmmaking. The Conjuring conjures with amped-up echoes of old ideas, and represents a bet that they still retain their creepy appeal for today's audience.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    The Conjuring manages to place individuals in one isolated situation after another, where the editing and music are perfectly timed to capitalize on the payoff scare moment. We also get a level of writing and acting rarely seen in this genre, particularly when the mothers bond over the fiercely protective love that a parent feels for a child.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The handsomely shot, expertly button-pushing scare-fest has the polish and the cast to draw older audiences who grew up on shockers built from performances rather than CGI.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The net result is an entertainingly frightening film that keeps the audience in a state of alarmed, but eager, anticipation.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The pervasive aura of creepiness more than compensates for the low body count and inventive use of sharp instrumentation.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The movie belongs to the women, for once, and The Conjuring doesn't exploit or mangle the female characters in the usual ways. Farmiga, playing a true believer, makes every spectral sighting and human response matter; Taylor is equally fine, and when she's playing a "hide-and-clap" blindfold game with her girls, she's like a kid herself, about to get the jolt of her life.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    A sensationally entertaining old-school freakout and one of the smartest, most viscerally effective thrillers in recent memory.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Wan masterfully tightens the vise on the audience's nerves, using mood and sound effects for shocks that never feel cheap (the harmless kids' game of hide-and-clap has never been so bloodcurdling).

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5

Scared Me! by nicenickie
Okay so I'm into scary movies and this really scared me. I love the feel of it and how it was directed. I still go back to torture myself from time to time because it's such a great creepy movie.

4

by carlopolicarpio
It's more exciting and thrilling than terrifying.

5

by rylink

4

by Pedro De La Rosa

5

by hknowlton1

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