Critics Consensus: Paranormal Activity 2 Is A Solid, Scary Follow-up

Summary

This week at the movies, we've got spooky spectres (Paranormal Activity 2, starring Katie Featherston) and supernatural seekers (Hereafter, starring Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard). What do the critics have to say? Upon its release, Paranormal Activity became something of a cult phenomenon - and the press was almost as intrigued by its budget-to-gross ratio as its lo-fi chills. Now, Paranormal Actrivity 2 is hitting theaters, and though it's barely been screened for critics, those who have seen it say it's a worthy - and very creepy -- follow-up. As a director, Clint Eastwood deserves plenty of credit for refusing to play it safe in his august years. However, that doesn't mean he's always at the top of his game, and unfortunately, critics say the multi-stranded afterlife meditation Hereafter is an intriguing but ultimately murky misfire. Back to Article

Comments

Lando Griffin

ben keesing

Paranormal Activity 2?? it is scaring me a little that there is a lot of love for this film here. Seriously these films are more brain dead than the reality shit all over TV.

Oct 22 - 01:30 PM

chewie louie

L B

Sophisticated? No. It's a simple story made on a limited budget that accomplished what it set out to do . . . create a few scares about things that go bump in the night. And it did without CGI and 3D glasses. It's funny that you did use the word sophisticated though because quite frankly the moans from the "sophisticated" crowd saying how bad PA was has gotten real stale. Give it a rest already. Dang, who pissed on y-alls corn flakes?

Oct 22 - 01:55 PM

DoctorSubmarine

Josh Rosenfield

Wait, so you're saying that the characters made...MISTAKES? Unheard of!

Oct 22 - 02:20 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

It set out to rip off a film (if you can call it such) that was a completely asinine idea in the first place. Well done

Oct 22 - 02:45 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Paranormal Activity wasn't scary in the slightest. It telegraphed all of its "scares," which were of the "make things quiet and then go... BOOOO!"

It definitely was a one-trick pony. I laughed when I read that Spielberg was scared while watching it. I rented Paranormal Activity for a buck and it was so weak, I'd rather have that dollar back.

Paranormal Activity is for people who are easily amused.

Oct 22 - 03:11 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

See, this is the problem with interpretation of the tomatometer: you make 51% out to be "mediocre" rather than "incredibly divided," which from the way I read the reviews is what this is, critics either really like it or don't.

My own personal scale:
0-20% really bad reviews
20-40% generally bad reviews
40-60% mixed reviews
60-80% generally good reviews
80-90% really good reviews

Oct 22 - 03:17 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

You win! Your act is much scarier than Paranormal Stupidity. I'm shocked no one has tried to make a movie about you yet. Oh, wait ... they did. It's called "American History X."

Oct 22 - 03:49 PM

loogenhausen

Nathan Ludwig

You know what's funny? That you think curb stomp automatically means racist. How's that simplistic, childlike brain working out for you?

Oct 23 - 10:25 AM

loogenhausen

Nathan Ludwig

You know what's funny? That you think curb stomp automatically means racist. How's that simplistic, childlike brain working out for you?

Oct 23 - 10:25 AM

Dave J

Dave J

loogenhausen

Judging by your picture, you don't look any better!

Oct 22 - 03:52 PM

loogenhausen

Nathan Ludwig

At least I don't hide behind some silly icon that I think is cool or clever.

Oct 23 - 10:28 AM

Dave J

Dave J

loogenhausen.................................................................
What happened, not getting enough at home that you have to come on here to insult others! And your response to "At least I don't hide behind some silly icon that I think is cool or clever"- You can interpret that whatever you want since posting a picture was never part of a requirement here! And speaking of picture, you're right that if I looked like you, I'd feel the need to be rude to be people I don't know or look like on a "movie site" as well!
"When I get bored, I get rude." What's wrong, reading a book is too advanced for you!

Oct 25 - 12:06 PM

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