70

The Dissolve

By Keith Phipps
Though Wan is stepping away from horror, at least for now, to direct the next The Fast And The Furious sequel, the latest Insidious entry suggests he’s a long way from running out of new tricks, or at least finding infinite variations on old ones.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By 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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63

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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60

The Telegraph

By Robbie Collin
The scares are mostly very scary indeed, and that means the film does its job.
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60

The Guardian

Wan remains a crafty enough director to draw your eye warily across the frame. You shouldn't feel so daft for flinching this time.
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57

Film.com

By William Goss
Backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that actually work.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Continuing directly from where 2010’s "Insidious" left off, Insidious: Chapter 2 follows the further misfortunes of the Lambert family with diminishing insidious rewards.
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50

RogerEbert.com

By Simon Abrams
A puzzle movie with too many unnecessary pieces and not enough essential ones, but it's superior to its predecessor in a few basic ways.
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38

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It is now weighed down by a second half that's equal parts incoherent, tedious, and repetitive.
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25

USA Today

By 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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40 out of 100
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