Matt Crosby’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is one of those rare instances in which a horror movie really targeted towards the mainstream, within the past decade or so, totally landed for me. The theatrical experience for this was a pleasant surprise. There are shades of Poltergeist with the story centering around a relatable family that you want to root for and the fictionalized versions of Ed and Lorraine Warren work well as almost religious ghostbuster-type heroes. The acting is mostly strong, minus a disinterested Ron Livingston during the most heightened scene of the movie. The success of it has launched an entire The Conjuring universe, with varying levels of quality, but from what I’ve seen none of them are quite on par with this initial entry.