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Parents' Guide to

The Conjuring

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Terrifying paranormal horror movie based on a true story.

Movie R 2013 112 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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Based on 58 parent reviews

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Violence 3.5/5 Sex 0/5 Language 1.5/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 0/5 Scariness 5/5
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Terrifying theme

The movie isn’t that scary, only the ending when [spoiler alerts!] attempts to murder her child. Expect a few bloody scenes, and a scary looking witch. However, the theme is much scarier than the movie, so be ready for an amazing drama/horror film.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (58 ):
Kids say (309 ):

This horror film provides a treasure trove of typical haunting tricks that seems fresh and terrifying once again. Best known for co-creating Saw, expert horror director James Wan has happily advanced into more sophisticated tales with Insidious and now The Conjuring. Rather than gore, Wan goes for a more old-fashioned, character-based movie here. What's more, Wan plays with the "based on a true story" motif in interesting ways. Rather than remaining stuck on facts, he uses the story in more metaphysical ways, suggesting that both demons (and angels) could actually exist.

The movie's inspired music score is key: it's a collection of edgy, discordant tones that works beautifully with the images. Wan's choice of actors also adds a level of class. Taylor and Farmiga in particular are two of our finest current actresses, and they bring an intense sense of empathy to the screen. Wilson matches them, making it hard not to hope that a series of true-story horror movies based on the Warrens is in horror fans' future.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 19, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: October 22, 2013
  • Cast: Lili Taylor , Patrick Wilson , Vera Farmiga
  • Director: James Wan
  • Inclusion Information: Asian directors, Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 112 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of disturbing violence and terror
  • Last updated: July 27, 2023

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