The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.









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Release date: Sep 13, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements
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Runtime: 106 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Wan in particular is pacing today's movie horror by reverting to the past. There's a touch of Hammer Films in his haunted house atmospheres, and Roger Corman in his groaning comic relief from the dread. more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    Insidious: Chapter 2 may be somewhat uneven, but at a certain point near the end, I realized I hadn’t taken any notes during the second half. For all its weirdness, the film had utterly transported me. Bring on Chapter 3. more

  • 63
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Sandy Cohen
    It offers a good dose of non-gory scares, tells a story of supernatural time travel that recalls elements of “Inception,” and pays homage to the genre Wan and Whannell love. more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    The sequel's not bad; it's not slovenly. Some of the jolts are effectively staged and filmed, and Wan is getting better and better at figuring out what to do with the camera, and maneuvering actors within a shot for maximum suspense, while letting his design collaborators do the rest. But Leigh Whannell's script is a bit of a jumble. more

  • 60
    The Telegraph - by Robbie Collin
    The scares are mostly very scary indeed, and that means the film does its job. more

  • 58
    The A.V. Club - by Jesse Hassenger
    The techniques of the movie, then, are sound. Wan still moves his camera and composes his shots with a patience that belies his dank Saw origins. But the cinematography isn’t as virtuosic this time around. more

  • 57 - by William Goss
    Backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that actually work. more

  • 50 - by Simon Abrams
    A puzzle movie with too many unnecessary pieces and not enough essential ones, but it's superior to its predecessor in a few basic ways. more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    Continuing directly from where 2010’s "Insidious" left off, Insidious: Chapter 2 follows the further misfortunes of the Lambert family with diminishing insidious rewards. more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Peter Hartlaub
    If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority. more

  • 42
    Entertainment Weekly - by Chris Nashawaty
    Its lack of both originality and any real memorable moments feels shameless and lazy. Adding insult, the movie ends on a cliffhanger, guaranteeing that Insidious: Chapter 3 will soon be coming to a theater near you. more

  • 40
    Total Film - by Mark Samuels
    "Poltergeist" goes "Back To The Future" with only passable results in a film whose activity is more par for the course than paranormal. more

  • 40
    Arizona Republic - by Barbara VanDenburgh
    Except where “The Conjuring” invigorated horror-movie tropes with inventive application and strong characters, Insidious only wallows in them. ...

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times - by Robert Abele
    This busy-yet-dull sequel feels like Wan robotically flexing his manipulation of fright-film signposts, an exercise more silly than sinister. more

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    Comes upon a few quirky solutions and movie-ripoff scares before settling into a kind of coma. more

  • 38
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    It is now weighed down by a second half that's equal parts incoherent, tedious, and repetitive. more

  • 25
    New York Post - by Sara Stewart
    At the start of Insidious 2, a young woman opens her mouth to speak and someone else’s voice comes out of her. Demonic possession? Nope, just some inexplicable dubbing to kick off this clunker of a horror sequel. more

  • 25
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Insidious: Chapter 2 appears to be the sum of the unusable parts from James Wan's recent haunted house feature "The Conjuring." more

  • 25
    Slant Magazine - by Chris Cabin
    A full realization of the very worst fears one could imagine when its director, James Wan, unexpectedly emerged from the torture-porn murk with its original, spiritedly directed predecessor. more

  • 25
    The Playlist - by Charlie Schmidlin
    Why, besides a stellar opening weekend, does this extended narrative exist? more

  • 20
    Village Voice - by Nick Schager
    Insidious Chapter 2 picks up where its predecessor left off-- in abject silliness. more

  • 20
    The New York Times - by Jeannette Catsoulis
    A mess from start to finish — though, judging by the ending, this story won’t be over any time soon — Insidious: Chapter 2 is the kind of lazy, halfhearted product that gives scary movies a bad name. ...

  • 20
    Time Out London - by Nigel Floyd
    For all but the most forgiving horror fans, this is a lazy, stupid and incoherent failure. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    Director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell generate some cool scares and clever comic relief from Elise’s junior colleagues, but a viewing of the first movie would benefit newbies.