Over the past few years, Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema has slowly (but surely) been building up The Conjuring Universe – a cinematic universe comprising a collection of supernatural horror films. The series has been a financial success, but how is it faring critically?

In this post I am taking a look at the seven movies that currently make up The Conjuring Universe, to see how well they perform critically on Rotten Tomatoes. The seven films include: The Conjuring (2013), Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring 2 (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), The Nun (2018), The Curse of La Llorona (2019), and Annabelle Comes Home (2019).

Do The Conjuring movies all score high? And is there an average rating across the series?

Let’s find out.

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The Conjuring movie ratings on Rotten Tomatoes – based on critical opinions

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With every movie featured on Rotten Tomatoes, the site offers two ratings. The first is the Tomatometer, which provides a score based on the combined percentage of critical opinions.

Here are the Tomatomter ratings for The Conjuring movies:

  • The Conjuring (2013) – 85%
  • Annabelle (2014) – 29%
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016) – 80%
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017) – 70%
  • The Nun (2018) – 26%
  • The Curse of La Llorona (2019) – 29%
  • Annabelle Comes Home (2019) – 64%

As you can see, out of the seven movies The Conjuring rates the best on the Tomatometer, while The Nun rates the lowest. As for the series as a whole, well it’s a bit of a mixed bag with some films rating over 80% and some rating below 30%.

Taking the percentages of all seven entries and combining them together gives the series an average critical rating of 54.7%.

OK, now let’s take a look at a different set of Rotten Tomato ratings.

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The Conjuring movie ratings on Rotten Tomatoes – based on the Audience Score

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The second set of ratings on Rotten Tomatoes are the Audience Scores. These scores are rated by audience members, and can often differ from the critical ratings – but will they this time?

Here are the Audience Scores for The Conjuring movies:

  • The Conjuring (2013) – 83%
  • Annabelle (2014) – 36%
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016) – 81%
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017) – 67%
  • The Nun (2018) – 35%
  • The Curse of La Llorona (2019) – 40%
  • Annabelle Comes Home (2019) – 70%

As you can see from the list, the audience response to The Conjuring series is not too dissimilar from the critical response. There are some (slight) variations, but once again The Conjuring rates the highest with audience members, while The Nun rates the lowest.  

Taking the percentages of all seven entries and combining them together gives the series an average audience rating of 58.8%.

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To sum up

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  • Average Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating across the series: 54.7%
  • Average Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score across the series: 58.8%

So, what does this tell us?

From looking at the averages of the two rating systems on Rotten Tomatoes, the data suggests that both audiences and critics share a similar opinion of the series. Some entries hit the spot, while others do not.

But what do you think? Do the ratings provide a fair representation of The Conjuring movie series? Is The Conjuring really the best entry in the series?

Whatever your thoughts, please share them in the comments section.

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