Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren try to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.









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Release date: Jul 19, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror
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Runtime: 112 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 91
    Entertainment Weekly - by Chris Nashawaty
    Wan masterfully tightens the vise on the audience's nerves, using mood and sound effects for shocks that never feel cheap (the harmless kids' game of hide-and-clap has never been so bloodcurdling). more

  • 90
    Variety - by Justin Chang
    A sensationally entertaining old-school freakout and one of the smartest, most viscerally effective thrillers in recent memory. more

  • 88
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    The pervasive aura of creepiness more than compensates for the low body count and inventive use of sharp instrumentation. more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    The movie belongs to the women, for once, and The Conjuring doesn't exploit or mangle the female characters in the usual ways. Farmiga, playing a true believer, makes every spectral sighting and human response matter; Taylor is equally fine, and when she's playing a "hide-and-clap" blindfold game with her girls, she's like a kid herself, about to get the jolt of her life. more

  • 83
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    As an exercise in classical scare tactics, delivered through an escalating series of primo setpieces, The Conjuring is often supremely effective. more

  • 80 - by William Goss
    Wan has marshaled his crack sense of supernatural menace into making his most satisfying scare story yet. more

  • 75
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    An uncommonly intense and frightening experience, The Conjuring is the first genuinely scary release in ages by a major studio that features practically no violence and spills only a bit of blood. more

  • 75
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    The Conjuring is a throwback to old-school spine tingling, although this movie is less Halloween theme ride and more 1970s post-"Exorcist" terror. more

  • 75
    The Playlist - by Gabe Toro
    The Conjuring, at points, is terrifying. Wan really understands how active, acrobatic camerawork can enhance the storytelling without breaking the fourth wall, a technique abused by today’s horror craftsmen. more

  • 70
    The Dissolve - by Keith Phipps
    With The Conjuring, [Wan] once more turns the familiar terrifying, making it easy to fear what’s behind that closed door, or under the bed, or just around the corner, making a creaking noise that doesn’t sound quite right. more

  • 63
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    The Conjuring digs up no new ground — indeed, it seems almost proud of its old school bona fides — but it plows the classic terrain with a skill that feels a lot like affection. The ghost that’s really haunting this movie is nostalgia. more

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    The Conjuring is like a prequel to 40 years of demonic possession thrillers. more

  • 50 - by Andrew O'Hehir
    As a ninth-generation descendant of Abigail Faulkner, a convicted Salem witch who only escaped execution because she was pregnant at the time, I call down a terrible malediction upon the people who made this entertaining but indefensible movie. more

  • 50
    Village Voice - by Alan Scherstuhl
    The Conjuring's problem, beyond its lack of a conjuring, is how its otherworldly hokum is stubbornly of this world. more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine - by Ed Gonzalez
    Though The Conjuring claims to be based on a true story, in truth it's based on every horror film that's come before it. more

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    If The Conjuring were less of a con job, horror fans would not feel equally as trapped. more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle - by Steve Davis
    The seen-it-all-before elements of this supernatural thriller directed by the filmmaker who gave us "Saw," however, are more hoary than horrific. It might as well be retitled "The Amityville Exorcist." more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Creepily effective…the cinematic equivalent of a well-constructed spooky carnival attraction.