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Paranormal Activity Reviews

November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 15, 2009
The climax is deliciously scary, and Peli gets considerable mileage from the simple matter of lights inexplicably going on in another room.
December 15, 2009
It illustrates one of my favorite points, that silence and waiting can be more entertaining than frantic fast-cutting and berserk f/x. For extended periods here, nothing at all is happening, and believe me, you won't be bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 27, 2009
It's this feeling of vulnerability that Peli's slow-burning supernatural chiller so effectively exploits, fashioning heart-stopping scares out of almost nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2009
Though it never poses a question more abstract than "Where's that scratching sound coming from?" Paranormal Activity is all about spiritual and ethical debts coming due.
October 22, 2009
Peli is to be congratulated for pulling off such an audacious project, but he needs a sharper sense of timing: The film's pacing is uneven, which weakens the suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2009
Like legendary producer Val Lewton in the '40s, director Oren Peli, who shot Paranormal in seven days in his own home, understands that what's most frightening is what you don't see but merely suggested.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2009
As far as communal experiences at the multiplex go, the film delivers.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2009
It's like watching a YouTube clip of your irritating neighbors, knee deep in muck, as they argue the effectiveness of plumbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2009
Beyond the viral ingenuity of the marketing, what's cool about PA is that it's not just a fun thrill ride; it's an instructive artistic experience.
October 16, 2009
It's the sleeper hit that makes audiences too petrified to ever sleep again.
October 15, 2009
The sizzle of the marketing is impressive; the steak of the actual movie, served bloody and rare and juicy, is even more so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 12, 2009
The people most scared by Paranormal Activity may be the makers of high-priced special effects, who will have to explain to studio bosses how a kid with $15,000 and one or two cameras can create such effective terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 12, 2009
I say see it, before the inevitable overhyping begins, along with the inevitable backlash.
October 12, 2009
In the light of day, it's all very silly and conventional. But of course we're not talking about the light of day.
October 9, 2009
Now that's horror.
October 9, 2009
Some wild moments make it all worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 9, 2009
It works best when it comes out of nowhere, because that's, in the end, where it goes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 9, 2009
A few people in the audience were laughing during the first half of the film. No one was laughing during the long walk out of the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2009
This unsettling ultra-low-budget tale capitalizes on our innate fear of things that go bump in the night, and adds a supernatural element that will effectively terrorize even the toughest among us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2009
Without financing, stars or more than a couple of special effects, first-time writer/director Olen Peli has made a diabolically effective essay in irrational horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2009
After the disturbing experience of squirming through this astonishing movie, you'll be wide awake with lights blazing and may never want to sleep again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2009
At best, Paranormal Activity makes the banal and commonplace deeply unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 8, 2009
The fact that its old-school scares caused seemingly jaded 20-somethings at a recent midnight screening to squirm in their seats suggests that there's hope for the world after all.
October 2, 2009
Peli works at mining the unknown, the unknowable, like a minimalist, using small moments and virtually no special effects exceedingly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 1, 2009
With a $15,000 budget too puny to empty a petty-cash drawer, the no-frills Paranormal Activity comes packed with thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2009
With its this-is-really-happening vibe, Paranormal Activity scrapes away 30 years of encrusted nightmare clichés. The fear is real, all right, because the fear is really in you.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 26, 2009
Making the most out of a single location and tiny cast, it's the scariest movie of the year.
September 25, 2009
his is a tale of the supernatural, but its strength is that it is rooted in the ordinary. That's what makes it creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 24, 2009
The banality of the couple's day-to-day existence when they're not hearing unwelcome guests enhances the sense of realism, but it can be awfully trying for viewers who just want to get to the good stuff already.
January 22, 2008
Horror fans who value credible creepiness over the usual splatdom will welcome this.