Paranormal Activity Reviews

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December 12, 2019
It's one thing to create a movie that functions as good narrative storytelling, but it's another to create that movie knowing exactly how an audience is going to react to stimuli.
October 29, 2019
Intense, disturbing and with an ending that will leave even the most resolute disbeliever sleeping with the light on, it's as much an experience as it is a piece of entertainment.
September 18, 2019
The movie gets enormous mileage out of small, barely noticeable details-a door opening by itself, covers stirred by a breeze from nowhere, a chandelier swinging.
April 17, 2019
[Paranormal Activity] is way more scary than Blair Witch because it takes the old conceit of things that go bump into the night, and brings it slyly into a well-to-do, middle class suburb.
October 30, 2018
Paranormal Activity has some big flaws, but I find big flaws fairly forgivable in $10,000 films made by amateurs.
October 26, 2018
Truly a genre re-defining moment, the found-footage phenomenon Paranormal Activity is dollar-for-dollar one of the most financially successful movies ever made.
October 26, 2018
The "found-footage" format and the slowly ratcheting up of the haunting only added to the terror.
August 30, 2018
This is a scarily well-made scary little film, although it certainly isn't flawless... But the acting is supremely naturalistic and, for such a small-scale project, it does have an amazingly heightened effect.
May 23, 2018
The terror was raw and real - all the more so because it was so understated.
January 23, 2018
A movie that makes you feel this vulnerable comes along once in a long while.
September 11, 2017
Though it's slow in the beginning, the ending will leave you terrified and foaming at the mouth for a sequel.
August 28, 2015
A fresh coat of paint applied to an impressively old-fashioned ghost story.
June 22, 2013
For extended sections, this movie is very scary. My frequent self-preserving glimpses away from the screen, just to catch my breath, can confirm that.
February 1, 2013
Fun as a communal experience in a crowded theater. Scary? Not that often.
November 16, 2011
October 27, 2010
Peli teases the audience expertly. Scenes remain silent and still; not for long, but long enough to make you sweat. The terror of anticipation and its abrupt release, particularly in the final scene, is exhilarating.
August 12, 2010
It'll take quite some time to recover before you can sleep soundly without wondering if you're really alone in the room.
July 6, 2010
A suburban couple mess with dark spirits in the effective low budget chiller.
July 6, 2010
Oren Peli in his feature debut has a few jolts in store, and the natural performances of the cast and the aura of reality provided by the video format keep the tension high.
January 31, 2010
Paranormal Activity isn't an actor's film per se, but it wouldn't be as eerily effective without Featherston and Sloat's believable, lived in performances.
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