• Released
  • July 19, 2013
  • ( Special Shows Thursday, July 18 @ select locations)
  • R , 1 hr 51 min
  • Horror
    Suspense/Thriller
100

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
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.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
I'd be shocked if we see a better horror film in 2013.
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91

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).
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90

Variety

By Justin Chang
A sensationally entertaining old-school freakout and one of the smartest, most viscerally effective thrillers in recent memory.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The net result is an entertainingly frightening film that keeps the audience in a state of alarmed, but eager, anticipation.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The pervasive aura of creepiness more than compensates for the low body count and inventive use of sharp instrumentation.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
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.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
A sense of dread permeates The Conjuring from the start, and it’s delightful.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
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.
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50

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The Conjuring's problem, beyond its lack of a conjuring, is how its otherworldly hokum is stubbornly of this world.
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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