Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)



Critic 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.

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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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Critic Reviews for Paranormal Activity 2

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (29)

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.

January 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.

November 3, 2010
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Less scary than a toaster.

October 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.

October 25, 2010 | Full Review…
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It's simultaneously a lot more expensive and a lot cheaper.

October 25, 2010

Demons of mediocrity, be gone! Here we have a shrewd sequel a touch better than the original.

October 25, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity 2


A superior and scarier sequel (prequel actually) that serves best as an example of what the first movie should have been but wasn't, given that, contrary to the silly sheet tricks of that one, we're offered this time a more interesting development of the paranormal activity.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The second movie, with better camera, budget, and story moves away from its primal roots while still managing to deliver scares greater than the first.

Nikhil Nandu
Nikhil Nandu

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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 Boxler
Edward Boxler

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