The Annabelle franchise that spun off from The Conjuring series has, by the numbers, been a mixed bag. With the 2014 origin story being widely panned by critics and fans, the 2017 follow-up Annabelle: Creation’s success was a sudden surprise upgrade to the series’ fortunes.
Now we’re just days away from writer/director Gary Dauberman unveiling Annabelle Comes Home to the world, and the critics have weighed in with their thoughts. Starting off with CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg, his take on the threequel is pretty upbeat, as he describes the film thusly:
Unfortunately, not everyone is quite as happy with the franchise potential that Annabelle Comes Home demonstrates,however, as seen in our next review from The Guardian. Critic Benjamin Lee is not as optimistic about the content, as while he feels the film is “handsomely made,” his biggest takeaway is the following:
Taking a more even-handed view over at The Washington Post, critic Michael Sullivan thinks that Annabelle Comes Home is a fun, albeit perhaps not trilogy-best, entry in the series. Giving the film a 2.5 out of 4 stars Sullivan wrote,
Over at Variety, Owen Gleiberman likens Annabelle Comes Home to speed dating, as he says that there are tons of fear triggers scattered throughout the film. But even with its faults in mind, he seemed to enjoy it to the following degree:
Annabelle Comes Home certainly isn’t a movie for everyone. In fact, the write up the film in The New York Times sounds like it’ll play more towards the reactions you’ll hear from some of the more reserved contingent of horror fans. As she evaluated the film, critic Jeannette Catsoulis did find some solace in the performance of one of the young actors present in the film. Ultimately, though, her reaction is pretty negative:
Rounding things out is critic Andy Crump from Paste, who was actually surprised that while the film has been sold to look like another Conjuring misadventure with the Warrens, the film shifts the focus to its younger characters pretty quick. And he sees it as a pretty smart tactic:
So far, the reaction to Annabelle Comes Home is mixed at best, with critics going back and forth with positive and negative notes. These reviews certainly seem to vary when compared to the previous reactions that Annabelle Comes Home racked up; but with the number of reviews still climbing by the moment the overall picture just might be a bit more aligned with those results. As for the audience reaction to Annabelle Comes Home, we won’t have to wait too long to figure that puzzle out, as it heads into theaters for early shows this Thursday night.
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