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Paranormal Activity 4 Reviews

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

October 22, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Even for a something about supernatural shenanigans, this ending is embarrassing.

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

October 21, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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They could have called this Paranormal Inactivity.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1/4

October 21, 2012
Andy Webster
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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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.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

October 19, 2012
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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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 ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 19, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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There is still activity, I regret to report, and none of it is of the normal variety.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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The scares are hit-and-miss, but at least Alex and Ben are fun to hang out with.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2012
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

October 18, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The franchise that capitalized on the found-footage craze has gotten lost.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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This film's strong suit is that it finally feels contemporary.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

October 18, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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There's a point at which movies become only merchandise, and the Paranormal franchise may be heading for that nexus, that nadir.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 18, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There's nothing very new to the shocks. (Even the sound of them is the same.)

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

October 18, 2012
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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This once-innovative series rolls on without much regard for either plot or character development.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 17, 2012
Geoff Berkshire
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 17, 2012
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