Here is our The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It Review Round-Up selection. How well did this third instalment go down. With previous director James Wan taking a back seat is it a refreshing new take the series?

The original, The Conjuring, came out in 2013. The second, appropriately titled The Conjuring 2, was release in 2016. As you will note this one is a bit delayed due to some worldwide problem! (or was that just some other horror movie??)

Conjuring 3 - BTS: Patrick Wilson, Michael Chaves and Vera Farmiga
The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It – BTS: Patrick Wilson (who plays Ed Warren), Director Michael Chaves, and Vera Farmiga (who plays Lorraine Warren) on set ©2019 Warner Bros, photo by Ben Rothstein

New York TimesConjuring 3 Review

By Lena Wilson

  • The Conjuring movies offer a fascinating peek into the American psyche. ….The franchise demands viewers invest in a worldview ruled by Christian dogma, where Godly good must battle satanic evil
  • The Devil Made Me Do It, helmed by the Curse of La Llorona director Michael Chaves, opens on a slickly stylized exorcism. Heavy fog introduces a series of imposing, angular shots…
  • [It] is an excellently spooky work of fiction. It would be even better if it privileged ghoulishness over gospel

Full Review here

FRO Rating: 3.5 Stars
3.5 out of 5 Stars from our reading of the review
Conjuring 3 - Julian Hilliard
The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It – David Glatzel (Julian Hilliard) ©2021 Warner Bros

Los Angeles Times‘ Conjuring 3 Review

by Justin Chang

  • All hell breaks loose early and often in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • What Chaves doesn’t demonstrate so far is anything approaching the kinetic virtuosity of Wan’s filmmaking, his ability to send the camera skittering up and down hallways and stranding us alongside the characters in a labyrinthine fun house of horrors
  • Here, and not for the first or last time, the power of kitsch compels you

Full Review here

FRO Rating: 3 Stars
3 out of 5 stars from our reading of the review
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The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It – Arne Johnson (Ruairi O’Connor) ©2021 Warner Bros

The Guardian‘s Conjuring 3 Review

by Benjamin Lee

  • With The Conjuring franchise, Warners has turned a sleeper hit into a series of seven and a half films over eight years, totalling almost $2bn at the global box office, unprecedented for the horror genre
  • What makes the Conjuring films feel like such a throwback is a studio sheen that’s often missing from the many cheaper supernatural horrors that now litter the big and small screen
  • The caveated effectiveness of The Conjuring 3 should be a reminder to studios that treating a horror film like a sumptuously crafted event is something worth indulging in more often

Full Review here

FRO Rating: 3 Stars
Rated 3 out of 5 Stars
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The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It – Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) ©2021 Warner Bros, photo by Ben Rothstein

Hollywood Reporter‘s Conjuring 3 Review

by Frank Scheck

  • The seventh film in the “Conjuring Universe,”… regrettably, it takes its cue not from the predecessors with which it shares a title but from the less sophisticated spinoffs — the three Annabelle movies and The Nun.
  • The movie starts seriously going over the edge when Ed and Lorraine break into a morgue at night and find themselves in reanimated company
  • The groaning soundscape works in tandem with Bishara’s big scary-ass score to creep under the audience’s skin. But the palpitating storytelling loses its way while trying to do the same

Full Review here

FRO Rating: 2 Stars
2 out of 5 stars from our reading of the review
Conjuring 3 - Patrick Wilson
The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It – Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) ©2021 Warner Bros, photo by Ben Rothstein

Kermode & Mojo‘s Conjuring 3 Review

by Mark Kermode

  • So well okay so there is there is a passing relationship to something that happened in the real world in the in exactly the same way as Texas Chainsaw Massacre is based on a true story that didn’t take place in Texas didn’t involve a chainsaw and wasn’t a massacre!
  • I actually think that this is the Conjuring movie that I have enjoyed the most, even though it is completely silly and preposterous
  • It’s a brainless popcorn movie and it was kind of okay… it’s not good but it’s kind of okay

Full Review here

FRO Rating: 2.5 Stars
2 out of 5 Stars from our listening to the review on Youtube
(Ed: Mark was a long time reviewer for us on the print version of Film Review. He knows his horror films!)
Conjuring 3 - Eugenie Bondurant
The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It – The Occulist (Eugenie Bondurant) ©2021 Warner Bros

Reviews Round-Up

New York Times3.5 Stars
Los Angeles Times3 Star
The Guardian3 Stars
Hollywood Reporter2 Stars
Kermode & Mojo2.5 Stars
Conjuring 3 star ratings table

So the average of the ratings works out at 2.8 out of 5 stars. I guess turn your brain off and it will be fun!

FRO Rating: 2.5 Stars

Theatrical Release dates

  • UK: May 26th, 2021
  • Australia & New Zealand: June 3rd, 2021
  • USA & Canada: June 4th, 2021