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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
 
Official website: http://theconjuring.warnerbros.com/index.html
 
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). ...read more

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

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

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

  • 50
    Salon.com - 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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." ...read more

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