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Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives. -- (C) WB

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Every hand that reaches into a wardrobe, every nervous trip into that basement just gets on your nerves. Satan needs to get over himself."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Wan builds mounting dread with silence and suspense, lingering the camera unsettlingly long here, creaking a door there."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"An Overlook Hotel-sized creepshow that is genuinely frightening."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Advance word that this would be the scariest horror since Amityville proves well wide of the mark."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"A strong cast and an atmosphere of real dread mean that despite a catalogue of immediately recognisable ghost devices, The Conjuring amounts to more than the sum of its scary parts."
‑ Owen Williams, Empire Magazine
"In The Conjuring, the scary casts out the spirit of the silly, permanently, and with a vengeance."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"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
"Leaving slashers behind for the murky uncertainties of the supernatural, James Wan has found a way to expand his talents while driving yet another modern genre shift."
‑ Bryan Bishop, The Verge
"Despite having a fairly standard haunted house horror plot, James Wan has created a fun, scary and beautiful looking movie."
‑ Alicia Malone, IGN Movies
"There's nothing new or original about it, but it's entertaining enough, and one can't help but respect the craft that went into making something catchy out of component parts stolen from others."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"The Conjuring uses every stock scare in the horror movie playbook for a dumb, yet charmingly traditional haunted house picture that manages to feel more retro than rehashed."
‑ Philip Brown, Globe and Mail
"...there were moments where it seemed the entire theater was holding its breath. We were united in one feeling: terror."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic
"Director James Wan delivers effective scares, showing more interest in sinewy camera moves and building a slow creep than in mindless gore, but the performances are a mixed bag, and the script repeatedly seeks refuge in the familiar."
‑ Daniel Barnes, Sacramento News & Review
"It is scary, and it conveys something even rarer in horror films -- the ring of truth."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"[Wan] combines the ambiance of horror's leisure-suit heyday with the more recent brand of well-timed what's-that-in-the-mirror scares."
‑ Sarah Mankoff, Film Comment Magazine
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