Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
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. Read full review
I'd be shocked if we see a better horror film in 2013. Read full review
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). Read full review
A sensationally entertaining old-school freakout and one of the smartest, most viscerally effective thrillers in recent memory. Read full review
The net result is an entertainingly frightening film that keeps the audience in a state of alarmed, but eager, anticipation. Read full review
The pervasive aura of creepiness more than compensates for the low body count and inventive use of sharp instrumentation. Read full review
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. Read full review
A sense of dread permeates The Conjuring from the start, and it’s delightful. Read full review
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. Read full review
The Conjuring's problem, beyond its lack of a conjuring, is how its otherworldly hokum is stubbornly of this world. Read full review
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Stars Talk Ghosts and More in Exclusive Cast Interviews
Patrick Wilson, Ron Linvingston, Vera Farmiga and Lili Taylor talk just how true the movie is, meeting the real people it's based on and their most freaked out moment.
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