Paranormal Activity Reviews

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June 6, 2019
Its scares are undeniably effective, but the overall product lacks a real hook to pull in the audience.
May 14, 2018
Despite the scares, the film soon becomes repetitive... simply not enough happens. That's a shame, because Paranormal Activity is at times extremely innovative.
January 20, 2010
It's a good try.
December 15, 2009
Paranormal Activity boasts some scary moments, sure, but the movie cannot live up to its own hype . . .
December 10, 2009
full review at Movies for the Masses
December 7, 2009
Extremely unthrilling, very obvious, very clichéd. We've seen it all before.
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.
December 4, 2009
It never really convinces on the demonic level. Yet it does partly succeed as a relationship movie.
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.
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.
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
November 27, 2009
The film is adequately acted by its two young leads, but for this to be terrifying it would need an already hyped-up, excited audience, ready to jump at the smallest thing.
November 20, 2009
"Overrated, overhyped and so not scary." Paul Chambers, CNN.
November 19, 2009
The titular and sometimes distressing activity in Paranormal Activity serves as a mostly banal metaphor for the couples relationship.
November 18, 2009
It has a few good scares, but one has to sit through nearly 80 minutes of mind-numbing tedium before the payoff ...
November 9, 2009
The same old thing dressed up in very slightly different clothes.
November 3, 2009
...the filmmaker's inability to draw the viewer into the unabashedly spare storyline is exacerbated by an almost egregiously uneventful opening half hour...
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.
October 26, 2009
Have we learned nothing from the Blair Witch hoax?
October 25, 2009
A pseudo reality horror pic in need of an exorcist.
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