“The Horror Continues...”
“Ouiji Board Says: Hunter”
“It's "Big Brother" With Demons!”
“2 Mega Thumbs Down”
“Last Year's Terrifying Smashing Halloween Hit 'Paranormal Activity' Is Back Still Remaining Terrifying, Suspenseful, And Scary”
“SCARYIEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN”
“Scariest Movie This Year”
“... A Scare-free Sequel With Screen-screamingly Idiotic Characters And A Finale So Insipid And Uninspired That It Would Have Been Better Just To Cut To Black And Play The First Film's Again...”
“"Paranormal Activity 2" Is Just As Bad As The First Installment; People Who Believe These Are Real Are Absolute Idiots!”
“Paranormal Activity 2 Is A Halloween Treat It Brings The Chills & Thrills And Is Scary And More Compulsive Than The Original , Tho The Build Up To The "final Nights" Are Slow, Its Worth The Shockingly And Frighting Conclusion That Will Have You Screaming”
“A Fairly Decent Sequal To A Fantastic Original Film.”
Even when nothing is happening, the often dead-silent shots tend to grow scarier the more you look at them.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Cannily marketed as a collective experience, the Paranormal franchise works best in midnight screenings. The hunger for cold, dead chills is usually best indulged in the company of warm, living bodies.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Rarely is the second film in a horror franchise more frightening than the original, but Paranormal Activity 2 has more innocent victims and more scares than its predecessor.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Eagle-eyed audiences watching every corner of the screen are rewarded with spooky "did-you-see-that?" moments.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The filmmakers up the ante here with the addition of a smart teenage girl, an adorable toddler and a protective (but freaked-out) German shepherd named Abby.
Joy Tipping - Dallas Morning News
The movie numbers the days as they tick away, and along about Day #12 I'm thinking, why are these people still here?
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Demons of mediocrity, be gone! Here we have a shrewd sequel a touch better than the original.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Like Oren Peli, who created the first film, director Tod Williams keeps the dialogue So-Cal dumb and colorless, which must be part of the scare plan but makes both these movies hard to sit through.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
This is a date-night fright fest that delivers the goods, and will have you checking behind the door when you go to bed at night all over again.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
What's unusual about these movies is that we know those scares are coming, and the filmmakers' drawn-out approach makes them even more effective when they finally arrive.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
It's the screenplay that ultimately demonstrates too little imagination, beyond the manner in which it bookends its predecessor.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
The movie's shortcomings are the Hollywood literalism in the third act, the need to show us things and connect dots that we don't need to connect.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
As frightening as a bedsheet flapping on a clothesline.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Succeeds by giving us another dose of what worked the first time.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
...reaffirms familiar scare tactics...taps into a certain kind of eeriness implicit in the threat to suburban domesticity, which was precisely what made "Poltergeist" so frightening back in the day.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
The best sequences are too familiar from the first movie, leaving a disappointing sense of deja boo.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It's simultaneously a lot more expensive and a lot cheaper.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Even knowing what's likely to come -- the doors opening on their own, the skeptical characters scoffing at metaphysical explanations, the unheeded warnings from paranormally gifted guests -- doesn't make it any less nailbiting to watch.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The clumsy and obvious byproduct of the financial success of its predecessor last Halloween, this movie has no reason for existing except to provide Paramount Pictures with a few extra shekels.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Technically accomplished in its fake video-verite style but artistically bankrupt.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Paranormal Activity 2 is better made and not quite as paper thin as the original, but by replicating the bare-bones B-film, the sequel sacrifices any chance for distinction.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
he jolts, when they come, are bigger, causing actual physical thrills and chills, at least for me.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
If you're looking for wicked fun this Halloween, Paranormal Activity 2 is the best goosebump game in town.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
As any patient, malevolent spirit would tell you, if it ain't broke, break it at just the right moment.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
It's the scariest movie in years.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
To put it simply, if you've seen the first film, then you've seen this film. There's nothing new offered here, so there's not much of a point in bothering with it.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
While the meagre rationing of shocks is undoubtedly frustrating for the bulk of the movie, this allows the final act plenty of room to crank the fear factor up to 11.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
The good ol' child-in-peril gimmick is the only new thing offered by Tod Williams' follow-up to Oren Peli's 2007 hit.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
- Dark Horizons
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Instead of being trapped in one bedroom, this family has quite a few escape routes that they use quite a bit, which doesn't really help build a sense of dread. It just makes you think, "Get out of the house, fools. The door's right there."
Dave White - Movies.com
The scares in Paranormal Activity 2 aren't as frequent or always as well built as the original film's, but those that exist are still pretty effective.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Not only drags out too long, it fails to pay off at the end.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
[A] title card end[s] the film on another ominous ellipsis, ominous primarily because it guarantees the need for a third film, most likely to be released in 3D, it is assumed.
Shaun Munro - Obsessed With Film
Shaun Munro - What Culture
For me, the meager payoff wasn't worth the effort in time and patience. The bother wasn't worth the wait.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
I anxiously await the third leg in the series.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
I enjoyed Paranormal Activity 2 and I'd recommend it even if you weren't a fan of the first.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Revealing more of the mystery reduces the scare factor but ups the intrigue.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
PA2 actually isn't that frightening, but it complicates the questions of documentation, memory, and history in ways that make any possible answers at least a little unnerving.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
It isn't as tense as the first film, and sometimes you do wish it was as simple as its predecessor. But it's certainly a must-see horror sequel.
James McMahon - SFX Magazine
Effectively creepy, but it leads nowhere...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It's very effective and intense, creating tension with small things like an open door or a spinning mobile over a child's crib.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
The inevitable sequel to Oren Peli's $15,000 sleeper is actually a prequel, and it's a sharp little piece of genre filmmaking.
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
A few new elements and perspectives are quickly ground down by the repetitive structure, which we got sick of during the first Activity. Terror and chills deplete as this samey haunting gets stuck in it...[ END HERE ] slow-moving groove
Jude Allder - Empire Magazine Australasia
If Paranormal Activity's domestic brand of spookiness worked on you the first time, you will find a lot to like in this sequel.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Anyone watching Paranormal Activity 2 closely enough will see that the transitions between different cameras in the film isn't motivated by any internal logic but rather a narrative one.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine