Insidious (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: July 12, 2011
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Aside from a shaky final act, Insidious is a very scary and very fun haunted house thrill ride.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Not so much insidious as inexcusable.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Insidious isn't scary. It's laughable. And kind of sad.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"Insidious" ultimately works because of Mr. Whannell's script, which manages to be inventive and unpredictable despite its paint-by-numbers formalism.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

Wan and Whannell have, in effect, ripped pages from the "Poltergeist" playbook and stripped the formulas down to old-style gothic scares.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

There's little new here. And what is new isn't well done.

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David Keyes

A tale of intriguing situations that rise to the surface carefully and cautiously before they explode in a flashy series of stimulating resolutions.

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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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Nothing slows down a movie down like people sitting around a living room discussing the meaning of "astral projection."

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Scott Weinberg

Finds a pitch-perfect balance between homage and originality.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
review coming.
Everett Johnson
A couple months ago I got a copy of part 2. About 30 minutes in I fell sleep because I didn't remember a darn thing about the first movie, and had zero… More
Flutie Archibald
I don't usually do horror movies, but this one was actually pretty good, even if I did spend a great amount of time talking and yelling at the TV to… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A fun horror movie. It had a nice variety of freaky stuff going on. Sort of a modern version of Poltergeist with malevolent spirits abducting one of the kids of… More
Edward Boxler
Insidious is the equivalent of a haunted house theme park ride. Frequent jump scares abound, most of them quite effective. By the time the ending roles around,… More
Aj V
I don't like many new horror movies, but this was good. Sure, it was a lot like Poltergeist. But it stands out on its own with the strangeness of the… More