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Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 76
Rotten: 54

Critics Consensus: Paranormal Activity 2 doesn't cover any new ground, but its premise is still scary -- and in some respects, it's a better film than the original.

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: Paranormal Activity 2 doesn't cover any new ground, but its premise is still scary -- and in some respects, it's a better film than the original.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 101,951

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Movie Info

Spooky hauntings are once again the main course in this Paramount Pictures follow-up to Oren Peli's wildly successful supernatural thriller Paranormal Activity. Tod Williams directs from a script by Michael R. Perry.

Rating:
R (for some language and brief violent material)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Perry , Oren Peli , Michael R. Perry
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 8, 2011
Box Office:
$84.7M
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Paranormal Activity 2

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (54) | DVD (9)

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Less scary than a toaster.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010
Time Out New York
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 25, 2010
Slate
Top Critic

It's simultaneously a lot more expensive and a lot cheaper.

Full Review… | October 25, 2010
Salon.com
Top Critic

Demons of mediocrity, be gone! Here we have a shrewd sequel a touch better than the original.

Full Review… | October 25, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 25, 2010
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Paranormal Activity 2 is surprisingly boring, not scary and lazily made. This is hands down one of the worst horror movies that I've ever seen.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

It's the scariest movie in years.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 17, 2011
Lessons of Darkness

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."

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
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.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Not only drags out too long, it fails to pay off at the end.

Full Review… | February 20, 2011
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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
What Culture

For me, the meager payoff wasn't worth the effort in time and patience. The bother wasn't worth the wait.

Full Review… | February 6, 2011
Movie Metropolis

I enjoyed Paranormal Activity 2 and I'd recommend it even if you weren't a fan of the first.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Horror.com

I anxiously await the third leg in the series.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Cinema Crazed

Revealing more of the mystery reduces the scare factor but ups the intrigue.

Full Review… | December 8, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 29, 2010
PopMatters

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | November 20, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 16, 2010
SFX Magazine

Effectively creepy, but it leads nowhere...

Full Review… | November 12, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 9, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
Miss FlickChick

Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity 2

The second movie, with better camera, budget, and story moves away from its primal roots while still managing to deliver scares greater than the first.

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Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

½

Longer and more complex, but not as scary as the first film, relying too much on the same tricks that just aren't as effective this time around.

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MovieGeek13
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

"Paranormal Activity 2" is one of the creepiest films in recent years. When it was finished I was afraid to walk into my house, because the events that happen in the film feel so much more realistic than the first film that I shook when I was walking out of the theatre. The scary thing is that there was actually a back story to the first film which compiles everything together and makes sense eventually. A much better horror film that the first, but not even coming close to being as original. The things that this movie did right that the first film did wrong was provide a variety of areas throughout the house to view during the night and jumps that made me jump for the first time in a long time. Horror movies nowadays suck, but Paranormal Activity 2 is a very nice change of pace. Don't tell me it's fake and that I shouldn't be scared, because you would be crazy to say that your not! This film is terrifying as hell, and the scary thing is that you actually believe it's real, due to the realism that it portrays with back and forth to the first film. It isn't quite the fantastic piece of art the the first one was, but it definitely met the standards that I always look for in horror films. Overall, "Paranormal Activity 2" is a great surprise!

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KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

I would recommend this. I dont think this Piece should be compared with "The Blair Witch Project."

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ScoopOnline
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Paranormal Activity 2 Quotes


Daniel Rey:
(regarding Kristi after watching pool cleaner crawl out of the pool) Her hormones are all kooky! She's got, paranoid mommy!
– Submitted by Mark P (3 years ago)
Kristi Rey:
Leave me alone!
– Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
Daniel Rey:
Hey! Who left the front door open?
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
Ali Rey:
It wasn't Witchy! It made her feel better.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)

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