IndieWire’s review published on Letterboxd:
Review by Kate Erbland
The sprawling “Conjuring” cinematic universe has never shied away from creatively questionable spin-offs — this is, after all, the franchise that built a film around a possessed doll, and another about demonic nun who had appeared in another sequel before getting her own franchise. Those gambles haven’t always paid off, but the central series has remained a high point in modern horror. With the third film in the “Conjuring” series, however, the crown jewel is loose in its setting, thanks to a series of choices that only serve to drive the franchise away from what made it all so chilling to begin with.