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: April 1, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
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Critic Score: 65% 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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Yasmin Shehab

The film's main source of horror - the spirits - seemed like they were borrowed from previous horror films. They're intended to be scary but having seen similar ones so many times before.

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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.

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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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Very well directed and certainly one of the scariest movies I have seen in the past few years, this smart horror movie knows how to avoid the clichés and… 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
Nicki Marie
I tried, but I just couldn't get interested in this. The three screaming kids were way more scary than anything else going on in that house. I gave up half… 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
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