Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 30
  2. Negative: 10 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Sep 12, 2013
    80
    A modestly scaled and highly pleasurable sequel to Wan’s low-budget 2011 smash that should have genre fans begging for thirds.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 12, 2013
    75
    Wan in particular is pacing today's movie horror by reverting to the past. There's a touch of Hammer Films in his haunted house atmospheres, and Roger Corman in his groaning comic relief from the dread.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 15, 2013
    70
    Insidious: Chapter 2 may be somewhat uneven, but at a certain point near the end, I realized I hadn’t taken any notes during the second half. For all its weirdness, the film had utterly transported me. Bring on Chapter 3.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Sep 12, 2013
    70
    Though Wan is stepping away from horror, at least for now, to direct the next The Fast And The Furious sequel, the latest Insidious entry suggests he’s a long way from running out of new tricks, or at least finding infinite variations on old ones.
  5. Reviewed by: Sandy Cohen
    Sep 12, 2013
    63
    It offers a good dose of non-gory scares, tells a story of supernatural time travel that recalls elements of “Inception,” and pays homage to the genre Wan and Whannell love.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 12, 2013
    63
    The sequel's not bad; it's not slovenly. Some of the jolts are effectively staged and filmed, and 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. But Leigh Whannell's script is a bit of a jumble.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 12, 2013
    60
    Wan remains a crafty enough director to draw your eye warily across the frame. You shouldn't feel so daft for flinching this time.
  8. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Sep 12, 2013
    60
    The scares are mostly very scary indeed, and that means the film does its job.
  9. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Sep 19, 2013
    58
    The techniques of the movie, then, are sound. Wan still moves his camera and composes his shots with a patience that belies his dank Saw origins. But the cinematography isn’t as virtuosic this time around.
  10. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Sep 15, 2013
    57
    Backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that actually work.
  11. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Sep 13, 2013
    50
    A puzzle movie with too many unnecessary pieces and not enough essential ones, but it's superior to its predecessor in a few basic ways.
  12. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Sep 12, 2013
    50
    Continuing directly from where 2010’s "Insidious" left off, Insidious: Chapter 2 follows the further misfortunes of the Lambert family with diminishing insidious rewards.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Sep 12, 2013
    50
    If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority.
  14. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Sep 12, 2013
    42
    Its lack of both originality and any real memorable moments feels shameless and lazy. Adding insult, the movie ends on a cliffhanger, guaranteeing that Insidious: Chapter 3 will soon be coming to a theater near you.
  15. Reviewed by: Mark Samuels
    Sep 15, 2013
    40
    "Poltergeist" goes "Back To The Future" with only passable results in a film whose activity is more par for the course than paranormal.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Patches
    Sep 13, 2013
    40
    Even before Wilson goes full Jack Torrance and Barbara Hershey shows up to investigate an abandoned hospital Scooby-Doo-style, one could technically call this sequel a gorefest—thanks to the guts of every other horror movie being splattered across the screen.
  17. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Sep 12, 2013
    40
    Except where “The Conjuring” invigorated horror-movie tropes with inventive application and strong characters, Insidious only wallows in them.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 12, 2013
    40
    This busy-yet-dull sequel feels like Wan robotically flexing his manipulation of fright-film signposts, an exercise more silly than sinister.
  19. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Sep 12, 2013
    40
    Setting aside the movie’s tediously lame dialogue, self-conscious performances and frequently predicable scares, the narrative’s compulsively shifting chronology intermittently manages to engage, although it does little to obscure the distracting shortcomings of both plot and character development.
  20. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 12, 2013
    40
    Comes upon a few quirky solutions and movie-ripoff scares before settling into a kind of coma.
  21. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 15, 2013
    38
    It is now weighed down by a second half that's equal parts incoherent, tedious, and repetitive.
  22. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 13, 2013
    37
    A bustling, overly busy mess.
  23. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 30, 2013
    25
    At the start of Insidious 2, a young woman opens her mouth to speak and someone else’s voice comes out of her. Demonic possession? Nope, just some inexplicable dubbing to kick off this clunker of a horror sequel.
  24. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 12, 2013
    25
    Insidious: Chapter 2 appears to be the sum of the unusable parts from James Wan's recent haunted house feature "The Conjuring."
  25. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 12, 2013
    25
    A full realization of the very worst fears one could imagine when its director, James Wan, unexpectedly emerged from the torture-porn murk with its original, spiritedly directed predecessor.
  26. Reviewed by: Charlie Schmidlin
    Sep 12, 2013
    25
    Why, besides a stellar opening weekend, does this extended narrative exist?
  27. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 17, 2013
    20
    Insidious Chapter 2 picks up where its predecessor left off-- in abject silliness.
  28. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 12, 2013
    20
    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.
  29. Reviewed by: Nigel Floyd
    Sep 10, 2013
    20
    For all but the most forgiving horror fans, this is a lazy, stupid and incoherent failure.
  30. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 15, 2013
    11
    Insidious: Chapter 2 is perhaps an even more scattershot mess than its predecessor. Whannell's script is so rife with portentous backstory, third-act goofiness, and a denouement that practically screams "Insidious 3: Same Old Shit," that the film as a whole is jarring, and not in a good way.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 166 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 56
  2. Negative: 7 out of 56
  1. Sep 13, 2013
    10
    James Wan and Leigh Whannell's Insidious Chapter 2 fully delivers in terms of exploring the mysteries left behind in the previous installment,James Wan and Leigh Whannell's Insidious Chapter 2 fully delivers in terms of exploring the mysteries left behind in the previous installment, while also expanding on its intriguing mythology. However, the sequel also embraces the first film's quirkier, campier aspects, which makes for a few good laughs, but also some less-than-terrifying horror sequences. It's an excellent horror piece to swivel into the spiral of its previous film. Full Review »
  2. Sep 16, 2013
    3
    As a fan of the original, I have to say that this one was a let down. So much of this movie makes no sense and characters do a lot of stupidAs a fan of the original, I have to say that this one was a let down. So much of this movie makes no sense and characters do a lot of stupid and nonsensical things where as nothing of the such was present in the original. It's also not nearly as scary as the first. The directing, the editing, the writing, everything seems vastly weaker in Chapter 2. I hate to be that guy who says "It's a bad horror movie sequel to a masterpiece" especially because I usually don't feel that way, but this time it is the case. Insidious 2 is not worth paying to see, or at the very least is only worth a one dollar rental. At the very least, you'd probably just be better off rewatching the original. Full Review »
  3. Sep 14, 2013
    1
    If you are not a fan of the first movie, don't bother. This movie is extremely cheaply made and really formulaic and unexceptional. Where IIf you are not a fan of the first movie, don't bother. This movie is extremely cheaply made and really formulaic and unexceptional. Where I live in england they have a trailer showing the audience screaming at the shocks, to try and get you to go... a technique which works well... unless you look closely and realise the audience members screaming look like 12 year old girls. Really not one at all for any adult over the age of 20 unless you are really really bored. Full Review »