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Annabelle (15)


A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

The critical consensus

A couple of good jumps but this Conjuring spin-off is led down by poor writing, anodyne leads and and overwhelming sense of familiarity.

**(*)(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 06/10/2014

A neatly packaged prequel which is better than it deserves to be thanks to a convincing performance from the aptly named Annabelle Wallis, and a couple of genuinely frightening set-pieces.

***(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 06/10/2014

The set-pieces...are effectively handled, with a few goose-bump moments along the way, but the story makes no sense whatsoever.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 09/10/2014

Annabelle, who takes an hour to stand upright, will go down as the laziest devil-doll in movie history; compared to her, Chucky’s a Harvard MBA prospect.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 09/10/2014

Cynical, forgettable and vastly inferior to Curse Of Chucky.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Rosie Fletcher, Total Film, 10/10/2014

Annabelle is not great, not by a long shot, but it's scary enough to draw anyone looking for a wee fright of an evening.

***(*)(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 09/10/2014

John R Leonetti’s prequel to The Conjuring pushes all the right fright-night buttons.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 12/10/2014

The demonic doll from The Conjuring gets her own unsubtle, repetitive horror flick.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 12/10/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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