• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:    Henry Joost , Ariel Schulman
  • In Theaters:    Oct 19, 2012 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jan 29, 2013
  • Paramount Pictures

Paranormal Activity 4 Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013

Paranormal Activity 4 is arguably the weakest entry in the series, but if one still gets their kicks out of these films then that probably won't mean all that much.

Eric D. Snider
Twitch
July 21, 2013

Too bad it nearly falls apart in the end, undone by what must have been poor editing choices.

Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013

Instead of the mystery of the known, we spend half our time trying to figure out who in the hell we're supposed to be looking at.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 22, 2013

The dread that should be smothering is merely an intermittent itch.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 26, 2013

The fourth entry in the hugely successful film series just can't match the others in the nightmare-making department.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
February 4, 2013

Paranormal Activity 4 is the worst of the series and one of the worst horror films ever made. It's bloated, drawn-out and has no idea how to provide a single scare.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013

A lack of originality does hold the film back, but with decent work behind the camera and a breakneck finale, Paranormal Activity 4 is still a solid watch if you've an evening spare, or horror film night coming up.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 23, 2012

It's a strong and creepy expansion of the mythos, but one that could have used a lot more work in the story department.

Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
December 17, 2012

The eerie inertia and starkness of the past films' imagery are mostly gone here, and that style is what had set this series apart for me.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 22, 2012

Little depth or subtext here. It's tough to care about the fate of a generic, whitebread family and its blonde-in-distress living in an airless, gated-community Nevada. We've seen the creepy kid and freaked-out teens in countless fear-fests before.

Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 20, 2012

The chills are centered at the end of 'Paranormal Activity 4.' Even more creepy is the "cute factor" of little kids that permeates most of the movie. Although the franchise may be running out of steam, this segment is more than mediocre.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
November 8, 2012

And, then there was four. "Paranormal Activity 4″ is a sequel to the second film, not the third, and totally unnecessary, of course.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
October 30, 2012

For the most part Paranormal Activity 4 is effective. It's problem lies in originality. Needed was something more than the "same old" for this sequel to truly stand out.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Luke Buckmaster
Crikey
October 29, 2012

The latest instalment in a franchise of cheaply made mass-marketed movies that have lined the pockets of producers who chanced upon the holy grail of license-to-print-money filmmaking.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 26, 2012

The popularity of this reliable if repetitious franchise suggests that anxieties over the ubiquity and invasiveness of social media and its related technologies may trouble even the most enthusiastic members of the plugged-in generation (even teenagers).

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
October 25, 2012

Kids teleconferencing on their stupid computers=NOT SCARY!

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
October 25, 2012

Anyone who's seen the other entries can tell you this series has never been about the story. "Paranormal Activity 4' proves this once again, and when you factor in the lazy writing and complete lack of scares, it easily earns the title of worst entry yet.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
October 25, 2012

Unfortunately, this franchise has finally seemed to run its course. There are less quality scares, and now a story that almost doesn't matter.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 25, 2012

Orin Pelli's original idea that we'll keep wanting to pay good money to watch a digital clock ticking over has surely run its course now.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix
October 25, 2012

When the scares do come, they come fast and hard but, unfortunately, far too late.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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