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Rotten: As "The Conjuring" progresses, the scares don't register beyond standard issue horror gotchas. They're as telegraphed as the musical cues alerting you something spooky is about to happen.
- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Thursday, July 18, 2013
Rotten: It's generic and lazy as storytelling, but this time there's almost enough playful camerawork to distract from the feeble conception.
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, July 18, 2013
Fresh: Wan ... builds the many bumps in the night into a small Hitchcockian symphony of terror by way of long, eerie tracking shots, dramatic silences, and sudden scares that are frighteningly immersive.
- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Monday, July 29, 2013
It is certainly frightening at moments, but the Conjuring plays it safe. Nothing here is new. Nothing here hasn't been done better by someone else. It delivers on an atmospheric level, and satisfies as far as the story goes. But the Conjuring still fails to do something which I desperately want from a horror film. A good horror movie will scare you for a few hours. The Conjuring is a good horror movie. But a great horror movie will last forever in the darkest corners of the mind. See Se7en (Seven), a movie that isn't even characterized under the horror genre, if you want to watch a movie that will truly horrify you.
- nikhilnn95, Thursday, June 5, 2014
It's certainly scary. I jumped more times during this film than I can remember. But while it is well-filmed and thrilling, it is has a mediocre script (rampant with horror movie cliches), wooden acting, and an unsatisfying ending. The middle and climax of the film do sweep you up in this downward spiral of "what else can go wrong?" and the film is successfully frightening and heart-pounding during these moments. But despite its efforts to be more than just any other horror film, it ultimately has very little substance.
- fb100000293612769, Thursday, August 1, 2013
James Wan has delivered yet another phenomenal achievement with The Conjuring. He has come a long way since his debut feature Saw which was released in 2004. James Wan strength lies in the fact that he can craft a truly intense and creepy ghost tale, which is what we have here. Everything about the film is grand in scope. The plot is well constructed and the film boasts a powerful and tense atmosphere that will chill and terrify you. This is horror the way it's supposed to be. The cast do a fine job in their parts and the direction is superb. The film takes its time to build up the tension; therefore it's more harrowing, because you don't know when the scares will start. Everything you have in the film is unpredictable and is a harrowing intense and unforgettable film that is one of the finest examples of real terror that I have seen in a long time. The Conjuring is terrifying from start to finish and it is a film that will stay with you long after you've seen it. This is a fine picture that is the best genre film since The Cabin in the Woods. If you want something truly disturbing, then give this film a shot. James Wan has directed one of the finest films of his career, and he is quickly becoming one of modern horrors finest filmmakers. This is a superbly well executed picture that will delight die hard horror fans and give you a few sleepless nights. The Conjuring represents a bright future for the genre, where nowadays, it's mostly remakes and films that rely on clichs to create terror. This on the other hand is a smart horror will with a well written script, great cast and directing from a director who clearly understands how the horror formula works.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, August 1, 2013