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Paranormal Activity 4 Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass

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.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013

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

Full Review Source: Twitch

July 21, 2013
Will Leitch
Deadspin

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 Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C+

June 23, 2013
Margot Harrison
Seven Days

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

Full Review Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 4/10

May 22, 2013
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 2/5

February 26, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 2/5

February 4, 2013
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

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 Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

December 23, 2012
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2012
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

November 22, 2012
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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 Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 20, 2012
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

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 Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: D

November 8, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 30, 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.

Full Review Source: Crikey

October 29, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 26, 2012
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review

Kids teleconferencing on their stupid computers=NOT SCARY!

Full Review Source: Reno News and Review | Original Score: 1/5

October 25, 2012
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 1/4

October 25, 2012
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

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 Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 5/10

October 25, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

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 Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

October 25, 2012
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

October 25, 2012
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