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New Conjuring 2 movie got mostly positive reviews from top critics. New Line Cinema released their new horror/thriller flick, “The Conjuring 2,” into theaters today, June 10th, 2016, and all the top critics have submitted their reviews.

It turns out that most of them did indeed like it, giving it an overall 64 score out of a possible 100 score across 34 critic reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Benjamin Haigh, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Franka Potente and Simon McBurney. We’ve included comments from a few of the critics, below.

Edward Douglas over at New York Daily News, gave it a really nice 90 score, saying: “Wan’s secret weapons are clearly Wilson and Farmiga, both such good actors they’re able to sell the audience on everything the Warrens experience. The duo also does a great job selling the romantic bond between the Warrens, which helps you fall in love with them as much as you end up falling for the entire Hodgson family.”

Justin Chang from the Los Angeles Times, gave it an 80 grade. He said: “Wan has a gift for investing even the creakiest cliches with shivery élan.”

Neil Genzlinger over at The New York Times, gave it an 80 grade, stating: “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.”

Sheri Linden from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it an 80 score, claiming: “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.”

Brian Truitt from USA Today, gave it a 75 score, saying: “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.”

Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 75 grade. He said: “Wan is a humane sort of sadist. His latest offers little that’s new, but the movie’s finesse is something even non-horror fans can appreciate.”

Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it a 75 score, saying: “What makes The Conjuring 2 play deeper and darker than a warmed-over version of The Exorcist is director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Furious 7). This Malaysian-born filmmaker can make his camera do terrifying tricks that are almost supernatural.”

Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 75 score. He claims: “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.”

Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, gave it a 75 score. He said: “This sequel might lack the delightful jolts of its predecessor, but it nonetheless maintains a slow boil of terror that’s consistently unnerving.”

Owen Gleiberman from Variety, gave it a 70 score, saying: “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.”

Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67 grade. He said: “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.”

Lou Lumenick over at the New York Post, gave it a 63 score. He stated: “The Conjuring 2 belongs to Wilson and Farmiga as the sincere, loving, slightly square Warrens, with Wan tightening the screws for a rousing series of cliffhangers that should have audiences screaming. Expect another sequel for sure.”

Michael O’Sullivan from the Washington Post, gave it a 63 score, claiming: “The Conjuring 2 satisfies more than it disappoints.”

Lastly, Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 63 score. He said: “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 — but the scary moments aren’t as fresh this time around, and with a running time of 2 hours, 13 minutes, The Conjuring 2 is at least a half hour too long. At least.” Stay tuned.

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