Paranormal Activity 2 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Paranormal Activity 2 Reviews

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Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
November 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/10
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 10, 2011
[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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jude Allder
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 3, 2010
A few new elements and perspectives are quickly ground down by the repetitive structure, which we got sick of during the first Activity. Terror and chills deplete as this samey haunting gets stuck in it...[ END HERE ] slow-moving groove
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
October 20, 2010
There are a few "jump out of your seat" moments but when you break it down, it's just a simple rehash of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 22, 2010
With the first movie, we witnessed the exciting debut of a fresh talent; with the sequel, we're witnessing the studio-mandated birth of a new milked-to-death horror franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 22, 2010
The movie's shortcomings are the Hollywood literalism in the third act, the need to show us things and connect dots that we don't need to connect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
October 27, 2010
It's far too slow and repetitive, lacking the tension and surprises of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 22, 2010
The movie numbers the days as they tick away, and along about Day #12 I'm thinking, why are these people still here?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
October 24, 2010
The clumsy and obvious byproduct of the financial success of its predecessor last Halloween, this movie has no reason for existing except to provide Paramount Pictures with a few extra shekels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
October 27, 2010
Clever, sure, and adding a baby and a dog certainly pushes child and pet lovers' fear buttons. But there are less transparent editorial tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anthony O'Connor
FILMINK (Australia)
October 21, 2010
There's a difference between slow burn and no burn, and sadly Paranormal Activity 2 belongs in the latter camp. It simply isn't engaging or scary. The promise in the premise is never fulfilled and the ending is weak and poorly judged. What a pity.
October 27, 2010
Another proud entry in the Loud Noises Are Scary sub-genre of horror that fails to engage on anything more than the silliest level. You're better off sticking with Britain's Most Haunted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: C
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 27, 2010
Horror-movie standards have dropped so much that people will flock to anything -- anything at all -- that promises to spook them, no matter how predictable or starved of style.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
October 27, 2010
With little fresh tricks left to play on the viewer, director Tod Williams can only smother the slow-burn effect of the first movie down to a marathon smoulder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Gibron
October 22, 2010
While a far cry from the awfulness of the first installment, this fetid follow-up only makes one long for the brilliance of The Blair Witch Project all the more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
October 22, 2010
Where is Steven Spielberg when you need him for a clever ending? I had trouble sleeping for three weeks after the original film but I slept perfectly fine after the sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
October 21, 2010
Just more of the same, with the cast aggressively trying to sell the "reality" of this found-footage picture, which only reinforces its obvious artificiality...flattens the initial burst of surprise into irksome retread.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 28, 2010
Despite being almost entirely fine in every possible way, [the film] doesn't work at all as a standalone movie and doesn't work at all as a sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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