Insidious Reviews

  • Insidious is a haunted-house movie that has some of the most shivery and indelible images I've seen in any horror film in decades.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The strongest analogue for the second half of "Insidious" is one that the filmmakers probably weren't trying for: it feels like a less poetic version of an M. Night Shyamalan fairy tale.

    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • There's not much that's insidious, or subtle, here. A prolonged scene involving an unnerving high-pitched burglar alarm does get under our skin. But it's far more annoying than frightening.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's too much "Saw" and not enough "Paranormal."

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • The final shocker succeeds in shocking, and does so sans gore. But first we have to wade through a red door and a red hallway, pleas to "follow my voice,'' and an infinity of fog about as scary as dry ice vapor spilling onto a dance floor.

    Ethan Gilsdorf — Boston Globe

  • It doesn't build a better haunted house but, when on its game, reminds us of the genre's pleasures.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • "Insidious" establishes that these folks can make a film that operates on an entirely different level, sans gore, or obvious gimmicks. And make flesh crawl.

    John Anderson — Wall Street Journal

  • builds legitimate haunted-house dread ... [but] at a very specific point ... possession turns jokey and hokey.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • 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

  • Not terrifically good, but moviegoers will get what they're expecting.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell admire all sorts of fright, from the blatant to the insidiously subtle. This one lies at an effective halfway point between those extremes.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Aesthetically, Insidious operates at the level of a decent high school video project.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • If your idea of a fun night out is to be manipulated by freaky sound effects, jumpy edits, and point-of-view shots of ceiling fans whooshing menacingly, Insidious is the film for you.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film is weighed down by too many forehead-palming lapses and an overall sense of "been there."

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • No blood, no gore, no hacked-off arms and legs, but plenty of creepy set pieces, quick cuts and blasts of music that will have you both squirming in your seat and jumping out of it.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A possession thriller less terrifying than fun.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • Whatever flaws it may have, Insidious scared the hell out of me.

    Eric D. Snider —

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

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • It turns out to be a moderately effective suburban-family creep show, majorly in debt to "Poltergeist" and "The Exorcist" and capturing at least a little of their spirit.

    Andrew O'Hehir —

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