The fate of the Lambert family and their haunted house.
" This busy-yet-dull sequel feels like Wan robotically flexing his manipulation of fright-film signposts, an exercise more silly than sinister. "
" This is one of the more pointless follow-ups ever, just an assortment of scary-movie tropes randomly doled out, with unavoidable jolts at regular intervals. "
" A modestly scaled and highly pleasurable sequel to Wan's low-budget 2011 smash that should have genre fans begging for thirds. "
" An increasing amount of metaphysical backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that do work this time around. "
" Most of Chapter 2 is unintentionally hilarious. "
" Considering how creatively bankrupt and stylistically profligate this second installment of the franchise is, the new movie should really be called Insidious: Chapter 11. "
" Chronic mediocrity continues to haunt this series exploring the terrors of demonic possession. "
" If you're a fan of the post-Poltergeist shocks and scares offered up by the first Insidious, then you'll be thrilled to hear that Chapter 2 manages to jolt and unsettle without merely repeating itself. "
" Yes, of course it's the sequel to 2010's Insidious, but it seems cobbled together from outtakes. "
" Insidious: Chapter 2 is not only unnecessary but it commits the cardinal sin of devaluing its predecessor. "
" The problem is, Wan is reaching into the same old grab bag of shock scares, creaky-door sound effects, and ominous baby monitor voices he used in the far better original Insidious. "
" A mess from start to finish -- though, judging by the ending, this story won't be over any time soon -- Insidious: Chapter 2 is the kind of lazy, halfhearted product that gives scary movies a bad name. "
" All the standard spooks pop up: creepy baby toys, a piano that plays itself, a lady in white roaming the house, predictable jump-scares galore. "
" Insidious: Chapter 2 follows the further misfortunes of the Lambert family with diminishing insidious rewards. "
" Wan is getting better and better at figuring out what to do with the camera, and maneuvering actors within a shot for maximum suspense, while letting his design collaborators do the rest. "
" Comes upon a few quirky solutions and movie-ripoff scares before settling into a kind of coma. "
" If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority. "
" Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up where the first story ended, but the sequel has enough scares, laughs and a story of its own to stand alone. "
" [The film] might have been wackily entertaining if the whole thing weren't so sluggishly paced, poorly lit and dispiritingly unoriginal. "
" Though there's some admirably clever plotting to interweave the film's second half with events in the original, it's simply not as scary. "
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