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Paranormal Activity Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 16, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The climax is deliciously scary, and Peli gets considerable mileage from the simple matter of lights inexplicably going on in another room.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 15, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It illustrates one of my favorite points, that silence and waiting can be more entertaining than frantic fast-cutting and berserk f/x. For extended periods here, nothing at all is happening, and believe me, you won't be bored.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2009
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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It's this feeling of vulnerability that Peli's slow-burning supernatural chiller so effectively exploits, fashioning heart-stopping scares out of almost nothing.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 27, 2009
Dana Stevens
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Though it never poses a question more abstract than "Where's that scratching sound coming from?" Paranormal Activity is all about spiritual and ethical debts coming due.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 30, 2009
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Peli is to be congratulated for pulling off such an audacious project, but he needs a sharper sense of timing: The film's pacing is uneven, which weakens the suspense.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Like legendary producer Val Lewton in the '40s, director Oren Peli, who shot Paranormal in seven days in his own home, understands that what's most frightening is what you don't see but merely suggested.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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As far as communal experiences at the multiplex go, the film delivers.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 22, 2009
Justine Elias
Boston Globe
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It's like watching a YouTube clip of your irritating neighbors, knee deep in muck, as they argue the effectiveness of plumbers.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 22, 2009
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Beyond the viral ingenuity of the marketing, what's cool about PA is that it's not just a fun thrill ride; it's an instructive artistic experience.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 22, 2009
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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It's the sleeper hit that makes audiences too petrified to ever sleep again.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 16, 2009
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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The sizzle of the marketing is impressive; the steak of the actual movie, served bloody and rare and juicy, is even more so.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 15, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The people most scared by Paranormal Activity may be the makers of high-priced special effects, who will have to explain to studio bosses how a kid with $15,000 and one or two cameras can create such effective terror.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2009
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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I say see it, before the inevitable overhyping begins, along with the inevitable backlash.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

October 12, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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In the light of day, it's all very silly and conventional. But of course we're not talking about the light of day.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 12, 2009
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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Now that's horror.

Full Review Source: Detroit News

October 9, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Some wild moments make it all worth it.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 9, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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It works best when it comes out of nowhere, because that's, in the end, where it goes.

| Original Score: 2/5

October 9, 2009
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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A few people in the audience were laughing during the first half of the film. No one was laughing during the long walk out of the theater.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This unsettling ultra-low-budget tale capitalizes on our innate fear of things that go bump in the night, and adds a supernatural element that will effectively terrorize even the toughest among us.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Without financing, stars or more than a couple of special effects, first-time writer/director Olen Peli has made a diabolically effective essay in irrational horror.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 8, 2009
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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After the disturbing experience of squirming through this astonishing movie, you'll be wide awake with lights blazing and may never want to sleep again.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 8, 2009
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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At best, Paranormal Activity makes the banal and commonplace deeply unsettling.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

October 8, 2009
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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The fact that its old-school scares caused seemingly jaded 20-somethings at a recent midnight screening to squirm in their seats suggests that there's hope for the world after all.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 8, 2009
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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There aren't many movies that have the power to scare you with the sound of a creaking door, and it's hard not to admire the way Paranormal Activity makes a virtue of simplicity.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

October 7, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Peli works at mining the unknown, the unknowable, like a minimalist, using small moments and virtually no special effects exceedingly well.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2009
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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With a $15,000 budget too puny to empty a petty-cash drawer, the no-frills Paranormal Activity comes packed with thrills.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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With its this-is-really-happening vibe, Paranormal Activity scrapes away 30 years of encrusted nightmare clichés. The fear is real, all right, because the fear is really in you.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 30, 2009
Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
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Making the most out of a single location and tiny cast, it's the scariest movie of the year.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 26, 2009
James Berardinelli
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his is a tale of the supernatural, but its strength is that it is rooted in the ordinary. That's what makes it creepy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 25, 2009
Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter
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The banality of the couple's day-to-day existence when they're not hearing unwelcome guests enhances the sense of realism, but it can be awfully trying for viewers who just want to get to the good stuff already.

September 24, 2009
Dennis Harvey
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Horror fans who value credible creepiness over the usual splatdom will welcome this.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2008
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