Annabelle Synopsis
Before The Conjuring, there was ANNABELLE.
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By Inkoo Kang
The late-60's Satanic panic and housewifely ennui make for a surprisingly complementary mix of fear and paranoia in Annabelle.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Each time a character gets tossed in the air by some manifestation or another, the effect is cheesy. Still, I've seen worse. For the...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Annabelle is mostly a grab into the Great Big Bag O’ Horror Clichés: sound-bombs of shrieking violins explode randomly, doors slam...
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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
There’s nothing surprising about this late ’60s tale, including its connection to the modern ghost stories told in “The Amityville Horror”...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The script highlights an annoying lack of self-preservation on behalf of the protagonists. But the movie tries to be more than just a...
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Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
Though it features a plucky female protagonist, Annabelle still possesses the same medieval attitude toward women as “The Conjuring,”...
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Slant Magazine

It's all a far cry from James Wan's The Conjuring, which embraced the thrill of the paranormal even as it respected its frazzled,...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Annabelle is so lazily coat-tailing on Roman Polanski, they should have called it “Rosemary’s Barbie.”
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Annabelle invites unflattering comparisons with scary movies that came before, but its disparate parts never coalesce into a genuinely...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
Sadly, Annabelle, a cheap, sleazy, low-budget prequel meant to explain the origins of that particular doll, is as undistinguished,...
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Not even close

By davidambeau258
The real Annabelle was just a raggedy ann doll that was given to two college girls in the 1970. This movie had not once of real life story to it. Waste of time and ashamed I wasted my money on this...

Great scare

By jtstrand870
There was never any claim that this film was based on true events, so anyone who expected that it would be - and rated the film based on that expectation - is just confessing their own ignorance. ...

Not even one star!

By daponte562
Worst movie I've ever seen in my life. Basically 90 minutes of a woman sewing, hearing noises, going to church, babies crying, and a complete stranger who is willing to give her soul for the movie to...

creepy and disturbing.

By joelmarioramos
Not like The Conjuring, but still really good!...

By joeychris26
It's scary but i like it...

Gave me chills

By ireneh1821
This movie was amazing from start to finish, not cheesy at all! I LOVED it!!! I'm a horror movie buff but I've never ever had a movie give me chills like this one did! Definitely a must watch if you...

Kept me jumping!

By yankeesfan209
Had lots of suspense and jumpy parts. I enjoyed this movie!...

***&^ DET

By arielharris123
Let me tel you, girl. That was scurry. I'm going home to pray and sing Take Me To The King....

Disappointing . . .

By dragonmak36915
Let me start by saying I loved The Conjuring and was very much looking forward to this movie. It had so many elements going for it, but sadly, the movie dropped the ball in so many places. Yes, the...

Very good movie!

By joeifulco

More Info

Rated R | For Intense Violence and Terror
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Bloody "Conjuring" prequel is scary, if not too original.
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