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80
Wan's expert deployment of genre jolts is no less in evidence this time around, but as he takes his time - perhaps even a bit too much of it - interweaving the Warrens' story with that of the Hodgsons, in the London borough of Enfield, he crafts a deep dive into dread. The film builds to a symphonic climax of heaven-and-hell emotion.
75
This sequel might lack the delightful jolts of its predecessor, but it nonetheless maintains a slow boil of terror that's consistently unnerving.
70
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.
70
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.
67
There are some solid scares (Wan is too gifted in the dark art of gotcha manipulation to not make you leap a few times), but there's nothing on par with the first film's brilliant hide-and-clap scene with Lili Taylor. 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.
60
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.
58
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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.
46
The film doesn't lack nerve-racking sequences or well-tuned jump scares. But it stitches them all together with a profound lack of character consistency.
40
This furiously bizarre follow-up deserves full marks for throw-everything-at-the-screen entertainment value, but none for execution.
33
It's slick and stylish to the point of distraction. This isn't horror; this is exaggerated carnival fare.

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