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Paranormal Activity 3 Reviews

Adam Graham
Detroit News
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Joost and Schulman sustain a consistent sense of dread, playing with our own fears of things that go bump in the night.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

October 21, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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If you haven't seen the first two movies, why are you watching this? And if you have seen the first two movies, why do you need to watch this?

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Series creator Oren Peli and his conscripts have managed to do it again, but you have to wonder how far they can continue to push this found-footage angle.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 21, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This third Paranormal is a prequel that occasionally goes off the rails but also offers more laughs and somewhat more character development than the previous installments.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 20, 2011
Andy Webster
New York Times
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It ... brings fake-out jolts and humor into play.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 20, 2011
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Far and away the sharpest, most wildly aware film in the series.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 20, 2011
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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There's something to be said for giving people what they want, but in genre movieland, that strategy droops into lazy cynicism quicker than you can say Saw 3D.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 20, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Paranormal Activity 3'' has no interest in art. It just wants to give you the willies with a minimum of gore and a maximum of camcorder dread, and it succeeds.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

October 20, 2011
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2011
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The Paranormal Activity movies are built on fundamental horror concepts, and those fundamentals still hold.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

October 20, 2011
Alonso Duralde
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Two movies later, even die-hard supporters are going to find all this stuff dully familiar.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

October 20, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The filmmakers throw in a few cheesy scares: mom in a monster mask, a baby sitter jumping in front of a camera. But the rest is pretty freaking cool.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 20, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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"Paranormal" reveals itself for what it has become, the "Saw" of found video thrillers.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's not so much a movie as it is a cinematic cardio exam, with directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the guys who made "Catfish," pounding away again and again to see how much your heart can take.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 20, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

October 20, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The bottom line, for me, is this: I don't scare easily at horror films (that's one of the reasons I tend to pan them), but I watched Paranormal Activity 3 in a state of high anxiety.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

October 19, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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Still, cheap it may be, but it's not particularly graphic, so it's got that going for it. And in any case, scares are scares, even if they are cheap.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 19, 2011
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Although not exactly breaking any new ground with its by now all too familiar found-footage format, Paranormal Activity 3 hews to the formula in expertly crafted fashion, mustering up the requisite scares and then some.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 19, 2011
William Goss
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For better or worse, this is more of the same, if creepier than it was the last time around.

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September 30, 2011
Joe Leydon
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Paranormal Activity 3 earns points for its low-key ability to keep viewers primed over long stretches to expect that something very bad, or even worse, may happen at any moment.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 29, 2011
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