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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist's user reviews


With a rich supporting cast, a smart script, and an ensemble that is put through their paces in some intense physical scenes, 'The Conjuring 2' is that rare horror sequel that stands toe to toe with the original, possibly even improving on it.

Read review Drew McWeeny
New York Times

'The Conjuring 2' does everything you want a sequel to do. It?s as well made as the original, but the location and the story are different enough that it?s not just the same thing all over again.

Read review Neil Genzlinger
El Mundo

Entertainment able to hit the same nerve chill. (...) The ability to scare Wan in a split second makes it a popular instant classic (...).

Read review Luis Martínez
Rolling Stone

What makes 'The Conjuring 2' play deeper and darker than a warmed-over version of 'The Exorcist' is director James Wan. This Malaysian-born filmmaker can make his camera do terrifying tricks that are almost supernatural.

Read review Peter Travers
The A.V. Club

When 'The Conjuring 2' focuses its efforts on scaring the audience, it succeeds, wildly. And why wouldn?t it? Wan?s got his horror technique locked down at this point. It?s the parts where it wanders away from the basics of creating and releasing tension that prevent it from outdoing its predecessor.

Read review Katie Rife
The Wrap

This sequel might lack the delightful jolts of its predecessor, but it nonetheless maintains a slow boil of terror that?s consistently unnerving.

Read review Alonso Duralde

Wan has a gift that most slam-bang horror directors today do not: a sense of the audience ? of their rhythm and pulse, of how to manipulate a moment so that he?s practically controlling your breathing.

Read review Owen Gleiberman

Shocking, though somewhat long, assorted frights and stomach crunches. A new demonstration of effective neoclassical James Wan's master. (...)

Read review Javier Cortijo
New York Post

Wan knows how to sustain tension through terror, though he could have abbreviated the flabby middle of the movie. He?s not as good at sustaining a narrative with emotion or humor, and sentimental scenes with Ed or Lorraine or both seem mawkish.

Read review Lou Lumenick
The Washington Post

At the same time, ?The Conjuring 2? satisfies more than it disappoints. As Wan?s story swells to its inevitable, almost operatic crescendo.

Read review Michael O'Sullivan
El País

As Tunnel of Terror , the movie is beyond reproach, but deny that reduces the most disturbing possibilities of the story to a competent but skin deep, pyrotechnics exercise would be counterproductive.

Read review Jordi Costa
Los Angeles Times

Wan has a gift for investing even the creakiest cliches with shivery élan. He has always been a versatile connoisseur of genre thrills (...), but there is something about the Warrens? case files that pushes his filmmaking into the realm of the rhapsodic.

Read review Justin Chang
The Hollywood Reporter

Wan?s expert deployment of genre jolts is no less in evidence this time around, but as he takes his time (...), he crafts a deep dive into dread. The film builds to a symphonic climax of heaven-and-hell emotion.

Read review Sheri Linden
USA Today

Wan leans into the real history of the 1977 Enfield poltergeist legend, too, though it?s not like he needs any extra inspiration for his fright fest ? when it comes to horror, the man pulls no punches or screams.

Read review Brian Truitt

As scary as it is when something abrupt takes place, The Conjuring 2 generates its deepest sense of dread when nothing does, and anything could.

Read review Eric Kohn
Roger Ebert

'The Conjuring 2' doesn?t live up to the films that inspired it (or the original) not because of the filmmaking laziness we so often see in horror (especially sequels), but almost because Wan and company are having too much fun to streamline their film.

Read review Brian Tallerico
Screen Daily

Lacking some of the simplicity and elegance of the first instalment, 'The Conjuring 2' is nonetheless a smoothly efficient horror movie, building to a powerhouse finale rooted in our emotional connection to the film?s well-drawn main characters.

Read review Tim Grierson

The director catalog of resources that dominates camera, light, sound, interpretation and suggestion for one, in his chair, in the dark, will make you want to ask the guard of the film to leave a light on in the room (...).

Read review Oti Rodríguez Marchante
Entertainment Weekly

If there?s going to be a Conjuring 3?and this movie is just decent enough to suggest there will be?our heroes should be a little choosier about which case they dust off next.

Read review Chris Nashawaty
Chicago Sun-Times

Wan retains his touch for ratcheting up the tension, providing doses of comic relief and then BOOM!, delivering another gotcha moment that will leave audiences jumping in their seats and then giggling at the visceral thrill ride.

Read review Richard Roeper
Time Out

Director James Wan has his method down. The scares are effective and the camerawork is superb, all lurking long shots and short sharp shocks. Wan is fully aware of the austerity-era parallels in his story, and the period detail is surprisingly authentic.... But there?s little here we haven?t seen before.

Read review Tom Huddleston
The Playlist

As it fritters away character work and ideas about faith and devotion, this is a film clever enough to scare us but not smart enough to accomplish anything more.

Read review Russ Fischer