BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Annabelle Reviews

By Dr. Know on October 2nd, 2014

Critic Reviews for Annabelle

via Rotten Tomatoes

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (27)

For a superior experience, go buy a disturbing-looking doll that says ”Don’t go see Annabelle” when you pull its string.

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Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

In horror, there really is nothing new left to discover under the devil moon, so the secret to startling audiences, or at least raising hairs on the backs of necks, lies in deft direction and editing, both missing here.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Where “The Conjuring” was more of a full meal. “Annabelle” just leaves you hungry for more.

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Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Each time a character gets tossed in the air by some manifestation or another, the effect is cheesy. Still, I’ve seen worse.

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Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A vortex of visual clichés beyond rescue.

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New York Daily News
Top Critic

While the film isn’t clever or original, it is reasonably scary, especially when it knocks off the preliminaries and gets to the good stuff.

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New York Post
Top Critic

The scariest thing about Annabelle is that a film studio would release such a lazy attempt at making a horror movie without any sign of shame.

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Fresno Bee

A haunted doll movie that aspires to class, with means both legitimate and dodgy.

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ABC Radio (Australia)

[P]erhaps the movie’s biggest surprise is that it isn’t entirely pointless.

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Mark Reviews Movies

Leonetti’s prequel is about as lifeless and wooden as the Annabelle doll herself, despite trying to mimic James Wan every step of the way.

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We Got This Covered

The most shocking thing about cheap-looking ANNABELLE, the haunted doll prequel to THE CONJURING, is that a major Hollywood studio is releasing it.

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Badass Digest

Intentionally or not, “Annabelle” reeks of being a cynical cash-grab of the highest order.

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The Playlist

once it establishes its patterns, it becomes as predictable as Hollywood’s desire to spin The Conjuring’s $300 million box office into a franchise

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Film Racket

It’s all a far cry from James Wan’s The Conjuring, which embraced the thrill of the paranormal even as it respected its frazzled, earthbound characters.

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Slant Magazine

At the end of the day Annabelle is not a bad movie… it’s just not a very good one.

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Though hardly the most original horror outing of recent times, Annabelle still racks up a respectable number of genuine scares.

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Herald Sun (Australia)

Not only does Annabelle lack the qualities that made the original Conjuring frightfully realistic, this preposterous prequel presents people so deprived of personality and perception that you almost root for the demons.

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Daily Herald (IL)

Annabelle is a cheap-looking spin-off that adds nothing of interest to The Conjuring and certainly isn’t a good standalone story.

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FILMINK (Australia)
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