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Insidious Chapter 2 Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

The call is coming from inside the other house! Read full review

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

  • 3.0
    40

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Insidious: Chapter 2 appears to be the sum of the unusable parts from James Wan's recent haunted house feature "The Conjuring."

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It is now weighed down by a second half that's equal parts incoherent, tedious, and repetitive.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Justin Lowe

    Setting aside the movie’s tediously lame dialogue, self-conscious performances and frequently predicable scares, the narrative’s compulsively shifting chronology intermittently manages to engage, although it does little to obscure the distracting shortcomings of both plot and character development.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times

    It offers a good dose of non-gory scares, tells a story of supernatural time travel that recalls elements of “Inception,” and pays homage to the genre Wan and Whannell love.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The sequel's not bad; it's not slovenly. Some of the jolts are effectively staged and filmed, and Wan is getting better and better at figuring out what to do with the camera, and maneuvering actors within a shot for maximum suspense, while letting his design collaborators do the rest. But Leigh Whannell's script is a bit of a jumble.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Horror sequel brings more of the same creepy scares.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Insidious: Chapter 2 is the sequel to 2011's terrifying horror hit Insidious, featuring many of the same characters in similar situations. Like the original, there's little or no gore, sex, or language (a couple of uses of "s--t," plus "goddamn," "hell," etc.), but you can definitely expect a lot of very scary, disturbing, and shocking imagery, as well as some fighting (characters bash each other with household objects). The main young boy isn't separated from his parents in this film, but he is shown to be in danger. Bottom line? If you're not a veteran horror fan, this is the stuff nightmares are made of.

  • Families can talk about Insidious: Chapter 2's violence. How much blood and gore is shown? Do you need that stuff to make a "horror" movie?
  • Is the movie scary? How does it compare to other scary movies you've seen?
  • What's the general appeal of horror movies? How is this ghost story different from a movie about, say, a serial killer?
  • How does Insidious: Chapter 2 compare to the original Insidious?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Characters try to help one another in this movie, even entering into frightening and potentially dangerous situations in order to do so.

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    Role models: The supporting characters -- the paranormal investigators -- are the ones who seem the most heroic and interesting. They're forever forging ahead into frightening and unknown situations in the quest for knowledge and also to help others. They're sympathetic, brave, and supportive.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The movie is filled with very scary images and sounds. Some of the sudden shocks will send sensitive viewers jumping out of their seats. Some disturbing images come up as well, as when the father is seen attacking his wife and attempting to attack his children. In these scenes, characters hurl household objects at one another and beat each other up. Ghosts attack a young boy. Characters use a Taser gun and a syringe full of sedative. A dead body is shown, and a tiny amount of blood is seen, in a photograph and on a knocked-out tooth.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A married couple is shown kissing.

  • language false3

    Language: A few uses of "s--t," plus "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God," etc. A character refers to his "nuts" after falling down in a dark room.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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