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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's far more annoying than frightening.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Successful to a point (though seemingly unaware of the chuckles it produces in between shrieks), the movie has strong prospects with genre audiences but won't spawn a phenomenon resembling the filmmakers' previous franchise.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Nicely acted by all and photographed in creepy, cold, under-lit tones.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A haunted-house movie that has some of the most shivery and indelible images I've seen in any horror film in decades. Yes, it's that unsettling.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Exceptionally scary flick is too intense for younger teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this horror movie is rated PG-13, it's one of the most terrifying scary movies in some time, and it's not recommended for younger teens (or anyone without a high tolerance for "jump" scenes). There's some blood, as well as some arguing and yelling, and a young boy is in jeopardy throughout the movie (he's separated from his parents, which may add to the anxiety for some kids -- even teens). But most of the horror is in the form of the stuff that nightmares are made of: darkness, shadows, and noises. It's very scary. Language is fairly light but does include one use of "f--k"; there's no sex, drugs, or drinking content of note.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence and terror. How did it affect you?
  • How scary is the movie? What makes it different from, and scarier than, other horror movies? Is it scarier given the fact that a young boy is in trouble?
  • Are these characters likable? Why do you think they act the way they do? Are they role models?

The good stuff
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    Messages: There's a fair bit of conflict -- characters argue a great deal and are unable to agree on much. The wife wants a supernatural solution, and the more practical husband won't allow it. The problem is solved, but not entirely solved.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Though these people are all nice enough, they're not much in the way of role models. The wife spends the film being scared, and the husband is vain and argues and hides from his responsibilities for much of the movie. Though he eventually shows bravery, it may be too late.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The movie isn't violent in a gory way, though viewers do see some bloody handprints and some intense fighting; there are loud, scary noises on the soundtrack; and a young boy is in jeopardy throughout. But while it isn't graphic, the movie is very frightening, with lots of creepy, half-glimpsed figures and a scary alternate universe in which everything is dark and anything could be hiding anywhere.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false3

    Language: Language isn't constant but includes one "f--k," plus "hell," "bitch," "oh my God," "goddamn," and "whore."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: One main character uses an Apple laptop.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable