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The Conjuring

9/10
Thriller . Horror
 

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

 
Actors: Kyla Deaver , Shannon Kook-Chun , Shanley Caswell , Joey King , Mackenzie Foy , Hayley McFarland , Ron Livingston , Lili Taylor , Vera Farmiga , Patrick Wilson
Directors: James Wan
Country: USA
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

I'd be shocked if we see a better horror film in 2013.


Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Like the wood-grained farmhouse itself — a beautiful piece of production design by Julie Berghoff — The Conjuring has an analog solidity that makes the terror to come almost unbearable.


Chris Nashawaty
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).


Manohla Dargis
The New York Times

The dread gathers and surges while the blood scarcely trickles in The Conjuring, a fantastically effective haunted-house movie.


Justin Chang
Variety

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


Claudia Puig
USA Today

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


James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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


Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.


A.A. Dowd
The A.V. Club

As an exercise in classical scare tactics, delivered through an escalating series of primo setpieces, The Conjuring is often supremely effective.


Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine (Vulture)

The Conjuring succeeds because of all that anticipation of dread things to come. The damned thing works you so well that you may even consider leaving halfway through, for fear you'll have a heart attack.


Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

A sense of dread permeates The Conjuring from the start, and it’s delightful.


Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter

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.


William Goss
Film.com

Wan has marshaled his crack sense of supernatural menace into making his most satisfying scare story yet.


Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It scared the living crap out of me. Only at the movies is that a compliment.


Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

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.


M. E. Russell
Portland Oregonian

As horror movies go, The Conjuring is an extremely skillful, entertaining remix album. That's not an insult.


Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Classy old-school horror, James Wan’s The Conjuring depends more on its excellent cast and atmospheric direction than cheap gimmicks to raise hairs on the back of your neck. Which it does, quite frequently.


Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Whatever your belief system, this much is gospel: Movies like The Conjuring are less about the battle between God and Satan than the battle between the silly and the scary.


Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Unexpectedly fresh, alive, and vibrant - and wonderfully traumatizing.


Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

An uncommonly intense and frightening experience, The Conjuring is the first genuinely scary release in ages by a major studio that features practically no violence and spills only a bit of blood.


Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

The Conjuring is a throwback to old-school spine tingling, although this movie is less Halloween theme ride and more 1970s post-"Exorcist" terror.


Gabe Toro
The Playlist

The Conjuring, at points, is terrifying. Wan really understands how active, acrobatic camerawork can enhance the storytelling without breaking the fourth wall, a technique abused by today’s horror craftsmen.


Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

With The Conjuring, [Wan] once more turns the familiar terrifying, making it easy to fear what’s behind that closed door, or under the bed, or just around the corner, making a creaking noise that doesn’t sound quite right.


Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

With its forked tongue planted loosely in cheek, this haunted-house flick is enjoyably retro in both style and substance.


Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The Conjuring digs up no new ground — indeed, it seems almost proud of its old school bona fides — but it plows the classic terrain with a skill that feels a lot like affection. The ghost that’s really haunting this movie is nostalgia.


Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The Conjuring is like a prequel to 40 years of demonic possession thrillers.


Robbie Collin
The Telegraph

Wan’s film is a sturdily built supernatural chiller, with next-to-no digital effects or gore, and it delivers its scares with a breezy lack of urgency.


Eric Kohn
indieWIRE

Wan seems to critique the third act failings of The Conjuring during the alarmingly superior first half.


Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.


Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

As a ninth-generation descendant of Abigail Faulkner, a convicted Salem witch who only escaped execution because she was pregnant at the time, I call down a terrible malediction upon the people who made this entertaining but indefensible movie.


Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

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


Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Though The Conjuring claims to be based on a true story, in truth it's based on every horror film that's come before it.


Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

If The Conjuring were less of a con job, horror fans would not feel equally as trapped.


Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle

The seen-it-all-before elements of this supernatural thriller directed by the filmmaker who gave us "Saw," however, are more hoary than horrific. It might as well be retitled "The Amityville Exorcist."


Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com

The Conjuring is as toothless as it is because it's two different kinds of boring. The film's plot is explained exhaustively whenever loud noises aren't blaring, and random objects aren't teasingly leaping out at you from the corner of your eye.


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