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Paranormal Activity 3 Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

The latest installment isn't quite as terrifying as the second, but it's still extremely creepy and engrossing and everything you'd want in a 21st-century nightmare maker.

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 28, 2014
Will Leitch
Deadspin

I just spent the whole movie covering my eyes, opening them right before what I knew was going to happen happened ... and then shutting them again and curling up. These movies, man. They get me every time.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B

June 22, 2013
Benjo Colautti
We Got This Covered

Sustaining horror is what the Paranormal Activity movies are all about and in that sense, part 3 doesn't disappoint.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

February 11, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A couple of hair-raising moments, a couple of legitimate jolts and some funny cheap ones.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

December 31, 2012
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Drips with tension, horror, and building suspense that explodes in to a mind blowing finale that you'll not soon forget.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

December 23, 2012
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant

Paranormal Activity 3 doesn't reinvent the series' wheel but it definitely refines an already effective format.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2012
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

There really just aren't any scares to be had here. Even people who normally find themselves scared at the smallest "boo" will find themselves drifting off less than halfway through the film.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 19, 2012
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Paranormal Activity 3 delivers, and does it without gore or "look at me!" special effects.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 11, 2012
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

In the moments that count, those silent wolf-hour compositions of gathering dread, the franchise has earned a place of pride in horror history.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2012
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Delivers the clean, simple jolts and scares the series is known for.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2012
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

Delves far more into the mythology of the series, which may render the picture less scary to some, but there's still enough thrills and chills to keep most audiences thoroughly freaked.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 7/10

January 29, 2012
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

For me, it was a matter of diminishing returns on a product that wasn't very good to begin with.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 4/10

January 12, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

You don't go to horror movies for story. You go for sensation, to be moved. Paranormal Activity 3 not only gets that, it also asks you to get it, to be aware of how you're being moved, and your part in the moving.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 7, 2011
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

Yes, it feels familiar, but they keep finding a way to make me nervous/scared.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 8/10

November 14, 2011
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

given the increasing familiarity (some might say "exhaustion") of these aesthetic devices, it is almost unavoidable that Paranormal Activity 3 will feel like a slight letdown

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 13, 2011
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The tension is slowly bled out, the metacommentary on movies' phantom power is eerie, and the directors capture a creepiness in the sleepy, after-hour spaces of home.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

November 11, 2011
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

"Paranormal Activity 3" the best in the bunch. If you are ready for a scare and maybe a sleepless night check out this edition and be prepared for some unanswered questions and a few new answers!

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2011
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Visible for miles, the predictable turn of the VHS tape undermines a movie that's already weak in scariness.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 2/4

November 2, 2011
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's everything you expect -- bad writing, bad acting, bad direction, dull characters and long stretches of boredom punctuated by sudden jolts.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 1/5

November 1, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Paranormal Activity saga continues in a prequel that covers much of the same ground as its predecessors...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2011
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