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Paranormal Activity Reviews

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Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
October 10, 2009
Sorry. The emperor is naked. It was just an OK indie horror film with more shaky camerawork. Is this really the highest standard we can set?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
November 20, 2009
"Overrated, overhyped and so not scary." Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
October 29, 2009
There are few surprises in 'Paranormal Activity,' from its beginning to its ho-hum ending. But there are enough jolts in the night to keep you alert, and otherworldly intrusions that make the skin crawl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
October 26, 2009
Have we learned nothing from the Blair Witch hoax?
Clay Cane
October 13, 2009
I respect filmmakers who can make a film for $11,000. However, ten minutes of this movie could've been on YouTube and it would've been an internet sensation. As a feature length film, many viewers will be horrified with boredom at this drip of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 9, 2009
The same old thing dressed up in very slightly different clothes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
October 16, 2009
The more the film amps up the action, the more tangible the manifestations get, the less scary and involving the movie becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 28, 2009
The promise is to scare you out of your wits. Does it work? For me: no. To tell you the truth, I was bored, frustrated and nauseous from the terminally jerky hand-held camera
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 28, 2009
A couple may be desperate enough to place a camera on a tripod to record what goes bump in the night but the enforced recording of every other moment soon becomes a tiresome construct that turns the whole film into a wobbly home video with terrible sound.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 7, 2009
Extremely unthrilling, very obvious, very clichéd. We've seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
December 2, 2009
Demonstrates that when filmgoers decide they want to be scared, they will forgive absolutely anything -- bad acting, cheesy dialogue, poor camerawork, bad editing, unconvincing effects, incoherent storytelling -- for the sake of a good scare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bill Gibron
October 9, 2009
Paranormal Activity pretends to be a heart-stopping edge of your seat entertainment. It's actually just a homemade horror movie blown all out of proportion by studios sensing a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Diva Velez
October 11, 2009
While a welcome respite from classic horror movie remakes and gory torture porn, I can't cosign on the Paranormal Activity hype. Is this the scariest film ever made? Not in the least.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
September 24, 2009
For a film already at the lower end of professional polish, the acting makes the whole shebang feel like a community theater rehearsal. I was half-expecting Corky St. Clair to show up as a spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
December 7, 2009
When the object of the hype turns out to be as lame as this film, the whole exercise becomes just another Hollywood con job.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2009
Compared with a precision horror film like Lars von Trier's terrifying upcoming shocker "Antichrist," "Paranormal Activity" is just kid's stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Peter Sobczynski
October 8, 2009
The late, great William Castle would have loved this thing, provided that he didn't actually have to sit through it, of course.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
October 11, 2009
Paranormal Activity only occasionally rises above the status of a cute haunted house tour or hayride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 10, 2009
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eric Melin
October 11, 2009
There is a certain amount of suspension of disbelief ... that you must accept in order for the movie to work for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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