Paranormal Activity 4 Reviews

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 22, 2012
We're still seeing things through handheld devices and built-in laptop cameras, even though nobody seems interested in looking at the footage the cameras were supposedly recording.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 21, 2012
Even for a something about supernatural shenanigans, this ending is embarrassing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 21, 2012
They could have called this Paranormal Inactivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
October 21, 2012
The mood is often playful, with teases and fake-outs that are sometimes humorous and usually right before shocks. Violence is rare, quick and devoid of lingering close-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 19, 2012
There are at least a half-dozen or so decent jolts to be enjoyed over the film's running time, but prepare for a long wait to actually get to them.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 19, 2012
The mythology has deepened, largely to the negative, and the formula is as rigid as the fixins of a fast-food sandwich-tastes the same in every city. But the effects are eternally reliable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
October 19, 2012
Screenwriter Christopher Landon, along with co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, make a truly lame attempt at establishing a supernatural mythology to explain all this ...
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 19, 2012
It's all faint-by-numbers this time, without even a cool device like the low-tech fan cam from PA3 to interest us or really scare us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 19, 2012
There is still activity, I regret to report, and none of it is of the normal variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 19, 2012
The scares are hit-and-miss, but at least Alex and Ben are fun to hang out with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
October 18, 2012
Mostly, it plays like a overlong prologue for the already-in-the-works PA5. Here's hoping this is just the tension-racking lull before the next big scream.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 18, 2012
The franchise that capitalized on the found-footage craze has gotten lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2012
This film's strong suit is that it finally feels contemporary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 18, 2012
Of course, a promise of more activity to come. But unless moviegoers think it's worth watching another whole cast of characters sleep while their furniture moves around them, only diehard fans will stay awake for that next entry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 18, 2012
There's a point at which movies become only merchandise, and the Paranormal franchise may be heading for that nexus, that nadir.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 18, 2012
There's nothing very new to the shocks. (Even the sound of them is the same.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
October 17, 2012
This once-innovative series rolls on without much regard for either plot or character development.
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Geoff Berkshire
Variety
October 17, 2012
Less reliant on slow-burn suspense and larded with fake-out jump scares, this is the first sequel in the series that fails to advance the overall mythology in any meaningful way.