Paranormal Activity 2

2010

Paranormal Activity 2

Critics Consensus

Paranormal Activity 2 doesn't cover any new ground, but its premise is still scary -- and in some respects, it's a better film than the original.

59%

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Total Count: 134

48%

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User Ratings: 102,927
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The terror continues as a young couple copes with a potentially evil spirit in their suburban home.

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  • Like Oren Peli, who created the first film, director Tod Williams keeps the dialogue So-Cal dumb and colorless, which must be part of the scare plan but makes both these movies hard to sit through.

    Jan 4, 2011 | Full Review…
  • ...reaffirms familiar scare tactics...taps into a certain kind of eeriness implicit in the threat to suburban domesticity, which was precisely what made "Poltergeist" so frightening back in the day.

    Nov 3, 2010

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
    Top Critic
  • Ultimately, the film has little to offer apart from a few physical shocks involving household objects behaving oddly, a novelty that soon wears off.

    Oct 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Horror-movie standards have dropped so much that people will flock to anything -- anything at all -- that promises to spook them, no matter how predictable or starved of style.

    Oct 27, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Less scary than a toaster.

    Oct 27, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Even knowing what's likely to come -- the doors opening on their own, the skeptical characters scoffing at metaphysical explanations, the unheeded warnings from paranormally gifted guests -- doesn't make it any less nailbiting to watch.

    Oct 25, 2010 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Slate
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity 2

  • Jan 06, 2014
    Longer and more complex, but not as scary as the first film, relying too much on the same tricks that just aren't as effective this time around.
    Edward B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2013
    Just like the first it's slow and not allot happens until the last 20 minutes, But there was a few more jumps on the way, Choosing to make it a prequel paid off, But most of the time we find ourselves watching security cameras hoping for something to happen then being let down.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2013
    I would recommend this. I dont think this Piece should be compared with "The Blair Witch Project."
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] Paranormal Activity 2 is as boring, stupid and unimaginative as it's clueless horror movie body count of characters. It goes in a completely different direction to the original film, which I actually never found scary in the first place. Where as the original film made you care about the characters and had an eery atmosphere that didn't affect me but really got to some people on a psychological level, this lazily structured cash-in prefers to sit around doing nothing and then occasionally go "bang!". That's how lazy it is, this is a disgrace to horror and brings a bad name to the whole genre. Even though it fails on each level in following the formula of the first one it embarssingly does it even worse. It's constantly reminding us that it's based on true events but it never maintains any sense of realism because of the bad acting and the incredibly annoying cardboard cut out characters. It features a dog and a baby, that's all that's new. When all else fails it desperately succumbs to making us sympathise rather than cower behind our seats. Having said that it's clearly a film that has such contempt for it's audience that it doesn't care about making anything work, other than constructing a very slight likeness to the original. Which then just makes it incredibly predictable and then consequently, it's never scary, at all. I watched it in the dark, alone, and I never even flinched. It's one of those film's just dripping of the exact definition, of the saddest, most badly structured cash cow's, that really makes you think that Hollywood is running completely dry of ideas. And also that studios churning out horror movies have to take an admirable film festival creation, namely, the first Paranormal Activity, and then turn it into another lackluster franchise product churned off of the mainstream horror production line. It stands next to The Posession, The Saw sequels, Insidious and The Devil Inside in proving that horror isn't as scary as it used to be, and that everyone who's scared of this drivel and it's companions and actually pays to see it is probably an emotionally fragile wimp.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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