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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 68 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Here's a better than average spook-house movie, mostly because Insidious decides it can haunt an audience without spraying it with blood. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie is hampered throughout by little inconsistencies. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's far more annoying than frightening. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Insidious doesn't feature the lazy, home-video-style terror of "Paranormal Activity," thankfully. But it's also pretty normal activity for a ghost story. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Successful to a point (though seemingly unaware of the chuckles it produces in between shrieks), the movie has strong prospects with genre audiences but won't spawn a phenomenon resembling the filmmakers' previous franchise. show more

  • 60
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    A concerted effort to make a scary movie without spilling a drop of blood, Insidious is earnest to the point of suffocation about scaring you silly. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Nicely acted by all and photographed in creepy, cold, under-lit tones. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    If there's a complaint to be made about Insidious, it's that the film's second half is unable to live up to the impossibly high standards set by the first half. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    The spookiest and most entertaining horror flick since "Paranormal Activity." show more

  • September 26, 2012 kmkorba25
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    best horror film of the whole decade!

  • June 02, 2012 hannahbanana5998
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    Creepy movie! Made me jump quite a bit and the music selection is great! The music in this totally sets the horrifying theme of this movie! I did feel that it was getting a bit stupid at the end and it dissapointed me somewhat, along with the cheesy looking demon (Man with the fire on his face), but this is a movie definately worth to buy.

  • November 27, 2011 xq00000000106519
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    This movie was hilarious; a cross between The Exorcist, Ghostbusters, Poltergeist, and Return of the Jedi. I laughed the entire time. I\'m waiting for the Wayans brothers\' spoof. Funniest moments: 1. The haunting experts taking pictures of the \'entity\' with a Fisher Price Viewfinder reel. 2. The old lady ghost in the father\'s childhood photos. I half-expected her to be be giving him piggy-back rides and posing with him sitting in her lap. 3. The kid in his pajamas getting out of bed and slapping the living daylights out of a grown man. There were some good shots and good sound, but it was very inconsistent and wasn\'t scary. I understand this movie was made on a shoestring budjet. Someone should\'ve taken that shoestring and strangled the director with it.

  • July 20, 2011 **Patriots**
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    it was sooo good!!!!! movie in the world!!

  • July 18, 2011 SAMANTHA
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    this movie sucks

  • July 13, 2011 Ivygrl2069
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    Freaky, loved it!

  • June 29, 2011 yv00000000093810
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    If your are going to see think about it first because me and my two friends went to go see it and we were so scared that are harts were beating so fast

  • June 19, 2011 lf00000000092767
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    When the boy falls down upstairs and Daddy goes up in a hurry...what´s up with the tie??? What a mistak

  • June 17, 2011 angelinajolie20
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    I really enjoyed watching Insidious! I have a personal fear of watching scary movies, however was able to be thoroughly enjoy this film. The characters in this film are heart felt and I found the story line to be interesting and thought provoking. I would graciously put this film in the same category as the legendary film the Exorcist. If you are a scary movie fan this film will not disappoint you! There are plenty of twists and turns that live you breathless with your heart pounding. Even if you are not a scary movie fan this film will give you something special to leave the theater with. I really enjoyed the ending. I hope you all see it!! Two thumbs up fine holiday fun!!!

  • June 10, 2011 qq00000000092703
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    If you are looking for a SCARY movie without all of the cussing, bare-breasted dim-witted twits, or gore; then this movie will be a great fit for you! It is low-budget, and done by the same people that did \"Paranormal Activity\", but on a slightly higher budget. Some of the sound effects were cheesy, but the movie itself was the scariest (again, scary- not gross) movie I have ever seen (and I love creep shows!). Best way to sum it up: \" I had to put my pants back on, INSIDIOUS scared them right off of me!\"

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