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Insidious: Chapter 2

Thriller . Horror

The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

Actors: Hank Harris , Andrew Astor , Angus Sampson , Leigh Whannell , Steve Coulter , Barbara Hershey , Lin Shaye , Ty Simpkins , Rose Byrne , Patrick Wilson
Directors: James Wan
Country: USA , CANADA
Release: 2013-09-13
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  • Scott Foundas

    A modestly scaled and highly pleasurable sequel to Wan’s low-budget 2011 smash that should have genre fans begging for thirds.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Wan in particular is pacing today's movie horror by reverting to the past. There's a touch of Hammer Films in his haunted house atmospheres, and Roger Corman in his groaning comic relief from the dread.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Insidious: Chapter 2 may be somewhat uneven, but at a certain point near the end, I realized I hadn’t taken any notes during the second half. For all its weirdness, the film had utterly transported me. Bring on Chapter 3.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Though Wan is stepping away from horror, at least for now, to direct the next The Fast And The Furious sequel, the latest Insidious entry suggests he’s a long way from running out of new tricks, or at least finding infinite variations on old ones.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Sandy Cohen

    It offers a good dose of non-gory scares, tells a story of supernatural time travel that recalls elements of “Inception,” and pays homage to the genre Wan and Whannell love.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The sequel's not bad; it's not slovenly. Some of the jolts are effectively staged and filmed, and Wan is getting better and better at figuring out what to do with the camera, and maneuvering actors within a shot for maximum suspense, while letting his design collaborators do the rest. But Leigh Whannell's script is a bit of a jumble.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    Wan remains a crafty enough director to draw your eye warily across the frame. You shouldn't feel so daft for flinching this time.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The scares are mostly very scary indeed, and that means the film does its job.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    The techniques of the movie, then, are sound. Wan still moves his camera and composes his shots with a patience that belies his dank Saw origins. But the cinematography isn’t as virtuosic this time around.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • William Goss

    Backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that actually work. Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    A puzzle movie with too many unnecessary pieces and not enough essential ones, but it's superior to its predecessor in a few basic ways. Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Continuing directly from where 2010’s "Insidious" left off, Insidious: Chapter 2 follows the further misfortunes of the Lambert family with diminishing insidious rewards.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Its lack of both originality and any real memorable moments feels shameless and lazy. Adding insult, the movie ends on a cliffhanger, guaranteeing that Insidious: Chapter 3 will soon be coming to a theater near you.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mark Samuels

    "Poltergeist" goes "Back To The Future" with only passable results in a film whose activity is more par for the course than paranormal.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Matt Patches

    Even before Wilson goes full Jack Torrance and Barbara Hershey shows up to investigate an abandoned hospital Scooby-Doo-style, one could technically call this sequel a gorefest—thanks to the guts of every other horror movie being splattered across the screen.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    Except where “The Conjuring” invigorated horror-movie tropes with inventive application and strong characters, Insidious only wallows in them.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    This busy-yet-dull sequel feels like Wan robotically flexing his manipulation of fright-film signposts, an exercise more silly than sinister.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Justin Lowe

    Setting aside the movie’s tediously lame dialogue, self-conscious performances and frequently predicable scares, the narrative’s compulsively shifting chronology intermittently manages to engage, although it does little to obscure the distracting shortcomings of both plot and character development.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Comes upon a few quirky solutions and movie-ripoff scares before settling into a kind of coma.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It is now weighed down by a second half that's equal parts incoherent, tedious, and repetitive.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    A bustling, overly busy mess.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    At the start of Insidious 2, a young woman opens her mouth to speak and someone else’s voice comes out of her. Demonic possession? Nope, just some inexplicable dubbing to kick off this clunker of a horror sequel.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Insidious: Chapter 2 appears to be the sum of the unusable parts from James Wan's recent haunted house feature "The Conjuring."

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    A full realization of the very worst fears one could imagine when its director, James Wan, unexpectedly emerged from the torture-porn murk with its original, spiritedly directed predecessor.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Charlie Schmidlin

    Why, besides a stellar opening weekend, does this extended narrative exist?

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Insidious Chapter 2 picks up where its predecessor left off-- in abject silliness.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    A mess from start to finish — though, judging by the ending, this story won’t be over any time soon — Insidious: Chapter 2 is the kind of lazy, halfhearted product that gives scary movies a bad name.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Nigel Floyd

    For all but the most forgiving horror fans, this is a lazy, stupid and incoherent failure.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Insidious: Chapter 2 is perhaps an even more scattershot mess than its predecessor. Whannell's script is so rife with portentous backstory, third-act goofiness, and a denouement that practically screams "Insidious 3: Same Old Shit," that the film as a whole is jarring, and not in a good way.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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