Paranormal Activity 3 Reviews

  • The bottom line, for me, is this: I don't scare easily at horror films (that's one of the reasons I tend to pan them), but I watched Paranormal Activity 3 in a state of high anxiety.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • It ... brings fake-out jolts and humor into play.

    Andy Webster — New York Times

  • This third Paranormal is a prequel that occasionally goes off the rails but also offers more laughs and somewhat more character development than the previous installments.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "Paranormal Activity 3'' has no interest in art. It just wants to give you the willies with a minimum of gore and a maximum of camcorder dread, and it succeeds.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • There's something to be said for giving people what they want, but in genre movieland, that strategy droops into lazy cynicism quicker than you can say Saw 3D.

    Mark Holcomb — Village Voice

  • There are only so many times bodies can be dragged out of frame and tables levitated before the biggest scare of all is the threat of tedium.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Still, cheap it may be, but it's not particularly graphic, so it's got that going for it. And in any case, scares are scares, even if they are cheap.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Inexplicably, there are people who still haven't had enough of these movies. The first was a nifty novelty. Now the appeal has worn threadbare.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Joost and Schulman sustain a consistent sense of dread, playing with our own fears of things that go bump in the night.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • It's not so much a movie as it is a cinematic cardio exam, with directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the guys who made "Catfish," pounding away again and again to see how much your heart can take.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Paranormal Activity 3 earns points for its low-key ability to keep viewers primed over long stretches to expect that something very bad, or even worse, may happen at any moment.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • The shtick movie "Paranormal Activity 3" is the horror equivalent of vaudeville comedy: a little patter, a little pie in the face, repeat.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • "Paranormal" reveals itself for what it has become, the "Saw" of found video thrillers.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Series creator Oren Peli and his conscripts have managed to do it again, but you have to wonder how far they can continue to push this found-footage angle.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • For better or worse, this is more of the same, if creepier than it was the last time around.

    William Goss — Film.com

  • While sometimes an unadulterated thrill to watch with an audience, it gets progressively dumber as it goes along.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • If the goal is to generate howls of both laughter and terror, Paranormal Activity 3 falls short. It's too by-the-numbers.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Although not exactly breaking any new ground with its by now all too familiar found-footage format, Paranormal Activity 3 hews to the formula in expertly crafted fashion, mustering up the requisite scares and then some.

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

  • The filmmakers throw in a few cheesy scares: mom in a monster mask, a baby sitter jumping in front of a camera. But the rest is pretty freaking cool.

    Richard Corliss — TIME Magazine

  • Far and away the sharpest, most wildly aware film in the series.

    Mark Olsen — Los Angeles Times

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