91

Entertainment Weekly

By 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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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Nicely acted by all and photographed in creepy, cold, under-lit tones.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By 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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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Here's a better than average spook-house movie, mostly because Insidious decides it can haunt an audience without spraying it with blood.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If your idea of a fun night out is to be manipulated by freaky sound effects, jumpy edits, and point-of-view shots of ceiling fans whooshing menacingly, Insidious is the film for you.
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60

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
A concerted effort to make a scary movie without spilling a drop of blood, Insidious is earnest to the point of suffocation about scaring you silly.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie is hampered throughout by little inconsistencies.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's far more annoying than frightening.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Insidious doesn't feature the lazy, home-video-style terror of "Paranormal Activity," thankfully. But it's also pretty normal activity for a ghost story.
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38

Boston Globe

The crazy train of Insidious runs fully off the rails when the filmmakers go logical and some of the strange gets explained away as a double shot of demonic possession and astral projection.
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52 out of 100
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