Paranormal Activity 3 Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
October 25, 2011
Aside from the fan-cam, 3 has little to offer: the camera is shakier and 2's ludicrous backstory is continued.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Luxford
The National
October 27, 2011
Paranormal Activity 3 rarely feels like a "new" film, opting instead to frame old tricks in a new setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 21, 2011
Paranormal Activity 3, which parts audiences once again with their cash while refusing to move the series' mythology forward, will frustrate those expecting any sort of continuation from the last film, despite some decent scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 21, 2011
It's a little more effective than its immediate predecessor, but its rehash of the same techniques indicates a franchise whose creativity is quickly being exhausted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 20, 2011
"Paranormal" reveals itself for what it has become, the "Saw" of found video thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 31, 2012
A couple of hair-raising moments, a couple of legitimate jolts and some funny cheap ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 21, 2011
If I'd wanted to spend so much time watching people sleeping, I could have been a train conductor, flight attendant or nurse in a different life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 20, 2011
Inexplicably, there are people who still haven't had enough of these movies. The first was a nifty novelty. Now the appeal has worn threadbare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 20, 2011
If the goal is to generate howls of both laughter and terror, Paranormal Activity 3 falls short. It's too by-the-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 20, 2011
Two movies later, even die-hard supporters are going to find all this stuff dully familiar.
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
October 24, 2011
When the most innovative thing about the film is that the camera now oscillates, one can't help but scoff at the miniscule amount of creativity that has been drizzled into this Halloween cash grab.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 21, 2011
The activity is pretty normal in Paranormal Activity 3, at least relative to its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
October 27, 2011
Sorry...ghosts dropping spoons just don't scare me anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 20, 2011
There are only so many times bodies can be dragged out of frame and tables levitated before the biggest scare of all is the threat of tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 21, 2011
Sadly, the time machine treatment does nothing to reenergize the formula, with this latest ghostly rampage practically a shot-for-shot remake of the previous pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 27, 2011
... the third time, alas, is not the charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 26, 2011
Not since [Halloween] has a horror franchise managed to squander all of its early potential in quite as few steps.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 21, 2011
The shtick movie "Paranormal Activity 3" is the horror equivalent of vaudeville comedy: a little patter, a little pie in the face, repeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 24, 2011
A fresh competitor for the title of "most-boring-horror-movie-ever," "Paranormal Activity 3" is a student film gone wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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