Paranormal Activity 4 Reviews

  • Mostly, it plays like a overlong prologue for the already-in-the-works PA5. Here's hoping this is just the tension-racking lull before the next big scream.

    Adam Markovitz — Entertainment Weekly

  • The mood is often playful, with teases and fake-outs that are sometimes humorous and usually right before shocks. Violence is rare, quick and devoid of lingering close-ups.

    Andy Webster — New York Times

  • The franchise that capitalized on the found-footage craze has gotten lost.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Even for a something about supernatural shenanigans, this ending is embarrassing.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Screenwriter Christopher Landon, along with co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, make a truly lame attempt at establishing a supernatural mythology to explain all this ...

    Chuck Wilson — Village Voice

  • Of course, a promise of more activity to come. But unless moviegoers think it's worth watching another whole cast of characters sleep while their furniture moves around them, only diehard fans will stay awake for that next entry.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Less reliant on slow-burn suspense and larded with fake-out jump scares, this is the first sequel in the series that fails to advance the overall mythology in any meaningful way.

    Geoff Berkshire — Variety

  • There is still activity, I regret to report, and none of it is of the normal variety.

    Sara Stewart — New York Post

  • It's all faint-by-numbers this time, without even a cool device like the low-tech fan cam from PA3 to interest us or really scare us.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • They could have called this Paranormal Inactivity.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • This once-innovative series rolls on without much regard for either plot or character development.

    Justin Lowe — Hollywood Reporter

  • There's a point at which movies become only merchandise, and the Paranormal franchise may be heading for that nexus, that nadir.

    Richard Corliss — TIME Magazine

  • This film's strong suit is that it finally feels contemporary.

    Mark Olsen — Los Angeles Times

  • There's some fun to be had, but we've officially reached the "for fans only" stage of this particular horror franchise.

    Scott Weinberg

  • Paranormal Activity 4 is arguably the weakest entry in the series, but if one still gets their kicks out of these films then that probably won't mean all that much.

    Glenn Dunks — Trespass

  • Too bad it nearly falls apart in the end, undone by what must have been poor editing choices.

    Eric D. Snider

  • Instead of the mystery of the known, we spend half our time trying to figure out who in the hell we're supposed to be looking at.

    Will Leitch — Deadspin

  • The dread that should be smothering is merely an intermittent itch.

    Margot Harrison — Seven Days

  • The fourth entry in the hugely successful film series just can't match the others in the nightmare-making department.

    Steve Newton — Georgia Straight

  • Paranormal Activity 4 is the worst of the series and one of the worst horror films ever made. It's bloated, drawn-out and has no idea how to provide a single scare.

    Jeremy Lebens — We Got This Covered

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