Here’s what the critics think of ‘The Conjuring’ spin-off ‘The Nun’

The reviews are in, and they're not good

The fifth film in The Conjuring Universe series, The Nun, has finally been released with reaction coming in via reviews and social media.

The follow up to 2016’s The Conjuring 2The Nun explores the origins of demonic Nun Valek in 1950’s Romania. Demián Bichir (Father Burke) and Taissa Farmiga (Sister Irene) arrive to investigate the strange death at the Cârța Monastery.

Recently, (August 15), a trailer for the film was removed from YouTube after it was deemed “too scary” for viewers.


The six-second advert sees a volume sign decreasing until it reaches mute before the titular Nun appears to scare the living daylights out of viewers. The first trailer for the film was released earlier this year, along with an appropriately terrifying synopsis.

It read:  “When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret”, the synopsis teased.

It continued: “Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in The Conjuring 2, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.”

However, early reaction to the movie suggests it hasn’t impressed with reviews being almost universally negative about the film.


Consequence of Sound called it “the most boring horror movie in years” and said it was “exhausting” to watch, whilst Rolling Stone  described it as “an unholy mess”.

Variety concluded “it doesn’t seem to have much in mind beyond punching the local clergy” and The New York Times said it had “spectres and hallucinations…without consistent narrative logic.”

The Nun – Credit: Still

The Telegraph said it was “sludgy, and kind of random,” a view echoed by Digital Spy who added: “Let’s hope the future Conjuring movies don’t make a habit of it.” IndieWire added that the “Conjuring prequel delivers evil mythology, but not enough scares.”

The Nun opens across in the UK on September 7.