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All Conjuring Universe Movies Ranked

The first Conjuring movie descended with one of the great marketing hooks: That the MPAA had slapped it was an R rating for simply being too scary. And, for once, the movie itself lived up to the marketing hype: With nary any blood or boobs, The Conjuring jammed audiences into a non-stop claustrophobic horror thrill ride, as Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated paranormal activity in the ’70s. A Certified Fresh rating (a first for director James Wan) helps in securing a sequel, a $300 million worldwide box office haul all but guarantees it – and the Conjuring 2 was almost as scary as the original.

Years later, the Conjuring Universe is in full-swing, having now expanded into one direct sequel and many spinoffs that have whisked audiences to locales like London, Rome, and Mexico. A second direct sequel is currently filming, more from The Nun is in the works, and this Friday, the franchise’s central creepy doll, Annabelle, Comes Home. This all prompts a play date with the Conjuring Universe movies, all ranked by Tomatometer below!


The Nun (2018)

Adjusted Score: 33.361%
Critics Consensus: The Nun boasts strong performances, spooky atmospherics, and a couple decent set-pieces, but its sins include inconsistent logic and narrative slackness.
Synopsis: When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past... [More]
Directed By: Corin Hardy


Annabelle (2014)

Adjusted Score: 33.824%
Critics Consensus: Annabelle borrows unabashedly from better horror films, content to leave viewers with a string of cheap jolts that fail to build on the far more effective The Conjuring.
Synopsis: Before The Conjuring, there was ANNABELLE. (C) Warner Bros.... [More]
Directed By: John R. Leonetti

Adjusted Score: 35.607%
Critics Consensus: Content to coast on jump scares rather than tap into its story's creepy potential, The Curse of La Llorona arrives in theaters already broken.
Synopsis: In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a... [More]
Directed By: Michael Chaves

Adjusted Score: 72.5%
Critics Consensus: Fun for fans even if it isn't as frightening as some of its predecessors, Annabelle Comes Home suggests there's still some life left in the Conjuring franchise.
Synopsis: Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked... [More]
Directed By: Gary Dauberman

Adjusted Score: 78.592%
Critics Consensus: Annabelle: Creation adds another strong chapter to the Conjuring franchise - and offers further proof that freaky-looking dolls remain reliably terrifying.
Synopsis: A couple still grieving the death of their daughter take in children from a local orphanage, but the family are... [More]
Directed By: David F. Sandberg


The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 89.778%
Critics Consensus: The Conjuring 2 can't help but lose a bit of its predecessor's chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.
Synopsis: Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga ("Up In the Air," TV's "Bates Motel") and Patrick Wilson (the "Insidious" films),... [More]
Directed By: James Wan


The Conjuring (2013)

Adjusted Score: 94.668%
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.
Synopsis: Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson,... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

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