The Conjuring 3 review overview: ‘Well-constructed, terrifying entry in the franchise’

The Conjuring 3, also known as The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, has opened in US theaters and on HBO Max, to mixed reviews. In the film, directed by Michael Chaves, who previously helmed 2019’s The Curse of La Llorona, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as the Warrens from the previous films.

The horror thriller has a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the critical consensus reads: “The Devil Made Me Do It represents a comedown for the major Conjuring movies, though Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson keep audiences engaged.”

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is based on the true case of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who claimed in court that he was under demonic possession when he committed a crime. The makers had previously released a promo clip in which Arne Cheyenne Johnson’s wife spoke about the experience. She shared in the video that it was her little brother who was possessed first, but later her husband became possessed as well.

Benjamin Lee of The Guardian thought the third film in the franchise was better than the previous films. He wrote: “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do it is a beautifully crafted return to form for a series that showed signs of fatigue. The Warrens (again played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) are once again delving into their dubious records and have found these dealing with one of their most publicized battles with evil.

NYT’s Lena Wilson noted in her review, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is by far the best-constructed, terrifying entry in the franchise, but the plot relies all too heavily on that same outlandish evangelism. It’s an excellent ghostly work of fiction. It would be even better if it put the creepiness above the gospel.”

Owen Gleiberman of The Variety thinks the film “misses that kinetic haunted house element”. He wrote, “It’s the most somber, meditative, and least aggressive of the Conjuring films.”

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