Annabelle Comes Home reviews: Annabelle sequel is ‘scary’ and ‘larky good fun’
Annabelle Comes Home follows demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren who bring the possessed doll to the locked artefacts room in their home. They place her ‘safely’ behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target — the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.
What do critics say about Annabelle Comes Home?
As of writing, Annabelle Comes Home has a barely-fresh 61 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Metacritic, which ranks movies by a weighted-average, gives the sequel 51 indicating mixed or average reviews.
Elizabeth Weitzman for TheWrap
Annabelle seems to be on the same shoot-it-all-in-a-day schedule as Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.
None of them appear in more than a few scenes, preferring to set things up and then let a cast of (admittedly appealing) unknowns take over.
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Oliver Jones for the Observer
Dauberman… cheekily reflects the drive-in popcorn thrillers from the period in which the movie is set more than it does the other films in the series.
Michael O’Sullivan for the Washington Post
The movie is scary, to be sure, but it’s also larky good fun.
Rafer Guzman for Newsday
“Annabelle Comes Home” is a letdown partly because it starts out so well.
Darren Franich for Entertainment Weekly
You worry this franchise machinery is getting creaky from overuse, like a beloved old chair that can now only hold the weight of one tiny doll.
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Kate Gardner for The Mary Sue
If the formula isn’t broken, don’t fix it. We all need popcorn horror fare, and the Conjuring franchise, and Annabelle, know how to deliver.
Jeannette Catsoulis for the New York Times
Excepting Katie Sarife, whose subtly shaded performance as the wildly incautious friend augurs a fine career in tough-yet-tender roles, “Annabelle Comes Home” feels stretched and tired.
Justin Lowe for the Hollywood Reporter
The thrills and shocks gradually become repetitive, as the writer-director recycles his own material, forcing the girls to evade the same threats again and again.
Pat Brown for Slant Magazine
The film is at least as likely to elicit laughs as shrieks, and certainly unlikely to leave a lasting impression.
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Owen Gleiberman for Variety
That fixed grin of hers promises a great deal of mischief, and Annabelle Comes Home, in its almost completely haphazard and what-the-hell-let’s-go-to-hell way, delivers it.
Benjamin Lee for the Guardian
Ultimately, the scariest thing about Annabelle Comes Home is that despite its utter emptiness, more sequels, prequels and spin-offs will follow regardless.
Brandon Zachary for CBR
Unlike previous films, where the human cast was at best a side-aspect of the scares and at worst completely disposable, each character in Annabelle Comes Home feels genuine and fleshed out.
David Crow for Den of Geek
The biggest shock to be found in the third outing is that even though we see Patrick Wilson pick up a guitar, we’re not allowed to hear another one of his enchanting Elvis covers. Curses.
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Julian Roman for MovieWeb
Annabelle Comes Home is a brainless sequel that telegraphs every scare. It never deviates from the standard horror movie formula.
Joelle Monique for Geeks of Color
Annabelle Comes Home mixes aspects of the babysitter slasher genre with a haunted house theme to interesting effects.
Juliet Bennett Rylah for IGN Movies
Instead of trying to out-creep The Conjuring, it pivots into a lighter, simpler, funnier film with a tighter plot and a few fresh monsters.
Annabelle Comes Home is out in US cinemas on June 23, and UK cinemas on July 10, 2019.
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