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A family discovers that dark spirits have invaded their home after their son inexplicably falls into an endless sleep. When they reach out to a professional for help, they learn things are a lot more personal than they thought.

Actors: Rose Byrne , Patrick Wilson , Lin Shaye , Ty Simpkins , Angus Sampson , Leigh Whannell , Barbara Hershey , Joseph Bishara , Andrew Astor
Directors: James Wan
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2011-04-01
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  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    If there's a complaint to be made about Insidious, it's that the film's second half is unable to live up to the impossibly high standards set by the first half.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    All calculation aside, scary is still scary, and Insidious makes up in old-fashioned tension what it sometimes lacks in originality.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Nicely acted by all and photographed in creepy, cold, under-lit tones.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    A tidy terror flick, and refreshing with its intention to make viewers gasp rather than gag.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The spookiest and most entertaining horror flick since "Paranormal Activity."

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    No blood, no gore, no hacked-off arms and legs, but plenty of creepy set pieces, quick cuts and blasts of music that will have you both squirming in your seat and jumping out of it. Until the bone-headed part kicks in.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    We need visionaries-but also solid craftsmen who seem to enjoy their work. Insidious is the product of the latter. It doesn't build a better haunted house but, when on its game, reminds us of the genre's pleasures.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    A possession thriller less terrifying than fun.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    This one is not terrifically good, but moviegoers will get what they're expecting.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • 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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    By the time it's over, Insidious is less scary than a mortgage payment.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • 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.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    The pleasant surprise when you actually watch Insidious is that it turns out to be a moderately effective suburban-family creep show, majorly in debt to "Poltergeist" and "The Exorcist" and capturing at least a little of their spirit. Full Review
  • Pam Grady

    Insidious could have been something special: a horror movie that actually horrifies without resorting to gore. Instead, thanks to too many cheap jokes and a bit of silly music, it falls short.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Creepy spirits in old-timey dress, ear-stabbing sound cues, slamming doors and bloody handprints: The horror flick Insidious isn't scared to be trite.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Throughout, Wilson and Byrne play these parts straightforward and there's an undercurrent of real anguish in the struggle of parents coping with a child's long-term care.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The movie is hampered throughout by little inconsistencies.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's far more annoying than frightening.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The strongest analogue for the second half of Insidious is one that the filmmakers probably weren't trying for: it feels like a less poetic version of an M. Night Shyamalan fairy tale.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The thing is scary as hell when it's all creaks and thumps and doors swinging open. Then come the explanations, the special effects, and the inevitable feeling of been-there-been-­bombarded-by-that.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    None of this is particularly well wrought, and only a bizarre gas mask worn by the séance leader counts as an inspired (if slightly silly) touch.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It feels more like a poor man's "Poltergeist, " minus the static-filled TV.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    You can't criticize it for false advertising.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ethan Gilsdorf

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ben Sachs

    Aesthetically, Insidious operates at the level of a decent high school video project.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The only remotely entertaining aspects of Insidious come from Whannell and Sampson as a comic pair of hypercompetitive hipster ghost hunters, and even that schtick is repeated ad nauseam.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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