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Saw franchise veterans James Wan and Leigh Whannell team with Paranormal Activity writer/director Oren Peli to give the familiar haunted house story an exciting new twist with this tale of a family that moves into an old house and begins to suspect they are under siege from otherworldly forces when their young son inexplicably falls into a deep coma. As devoted parents Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) struggle in vain to uncover the root cause of their son's condition, the stress of the situation gradually begins to take its toll on their once-strong relationship. Later, when… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not so much insidious as inexcusable."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Insidious isn't scary. It's laughable. And kind of sad."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The final third marks a jarring shift into increasingly silly territory, but the build-up and jump-scares are effective."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"After a suspenseful and shock-filled first hour, it loses control and veers off into routine supernatural silliness. I hate it when that happens."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"There's nothing wrong with its standard set up which has an unsuspecting family haunted by spirits. However, when it comes time for the film to follow through on the plotline, we find out the filmmakers weren't quite up to the task."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Wan and Whannell have, in effect, ripped pages from the "Poltergeist" playbook and stripped the formulas down to old-style gothic scares."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"There's little new here. And what is new isn't well done."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"This is a movie that wants to be several movies at once. It turns out to be none of them."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"The best horror movies get the audience talking back to the screen. "Insidious" manages that, and how..."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Reminds of those mazes during Halloween, where figures jump out of the shadows and attempt to scare you--and one look at them beyond a second reveals them to be obnoxious people in even more obnoxious makeup."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Nothing slows down a movie down like people sitting around a living room discussing the meaning of "astral projection.""
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Insidious is effectively creepy and is able to provide some great horror elements without the gore."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"About as subtle as a fart at a sťance"
‑ Matt Looker,
"Insidious clearly borrows from several sources, but where it fails as a narrative, it succeeds as a shock-a-minute fright fest with plenty of atmosphere and dread."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
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