Paranormal Activity Reviews

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November 16, 2011
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.
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 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 27, 2009
If Paranormal Activity is not quite as scary as the publicity would have us believe, it is at least witty, thought-provoking and -in a woozy, stark sort of way - beautiful.
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.
November 27, 2009
Not since David Lynch's Lost Highway has a movie manipulated so skilfully the disturbing power of black screen space and the potential horror hidden within.
November 27, 2009
This ingenious and often genuinely frightening film is a digital mocu-real nightmare.
November 27, 2009
A conceptually tight and very efficient updating of the classic haunted-house genre.
November 27, 2009
This is still postmodern horror, but if nothing else Paranormal Activity proves that you don't need buckets of gore and a tacked on twist to send chills racing down audience spines.
November 27, 2009
Paranormal Activity shows how little it takes for inventive filmmakers to do a lot.
November 27, 2009
Paranormal Activity sets out to please, to create a frisson that entertains as much as it scares. That's my kind of horror.
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.
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.
October 22, 2009
As far as communal experiences at the multiplex go, the film delivers.
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.
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.
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