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Paranormal Activity 2 Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 4, 2011
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.
November 3, 2010
...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.
October 27, 2010
Less scary than a toaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 25, 2010
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2010
What's unusual about these movies is that we know those scares are coming, and the filmmakers' drawn-out approach makes them even more effective when they finally arrive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2010
A nullity of a ghost story, whose idea of creating atmosphere is preparing a blank surface for soundtrack bumps-in-the-night to resound off.
October 25, 2010
he jolts, when they come, are bigger, causing actual physical thrills and chills, at least for me.
October 24, 2010
Cannily marketed as a collective experience, the Paranormal franchise works best in midnight screenings. The hunger for cold, dead chills is usually best indulged in the company of warm, living bodies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2010
The clumsy and obvious byproduct of the financial success of its predecessor last Halloween, this movie has no reason for existing except to provide Paramount Pictures with a few extra shekels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2010
As frightening as a bedsheet flapping on a clothesline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2010
The filmmakers up the ante here with the addition of a smart teenage girl, an adorable toddler and a protective (but freaked-out) German shepherd named Abby.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 22, 2010
If you're looking for wicked fun this Halloween, Paranormal Activity 2 is the best goosebump game in town.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2010
Succeeds by giving us another dose of what worked the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 22, 2010
Technically accomplished in its fake video-verite style but artistically bankrupt.
October 22, 2010
As any patient, malevolent spirit would tell you, if it ain't broke, break it at just the right moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 22, 2010
Even if it's never quite as chillingly, insidiously real, the sequel -- if that's the right word -- intersects with the first film in a pleasingly malevolent fashion that creeps up on you as the time-code ticks by.
October 22, 2010
The movie numbers the days as they tick away, and along about Day #12 I'm thinking, why are these people still here?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 22, 2010
This is a date-night fright fest that delivers the goods, and will have you checking behind the door when you go to bed at night all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 22, 2010
Paranormal Activity 2 is better made and not quite as paper thin as the original, but by replicating the bare-bones B-film, the sequel sacrifices any chance for distinction.
October 22, 2010
What was scary once is scary twice, like a carnival funhouse remodeled with a few new mirrors and spring-loaded spooks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 22, 2010
The best sequences are too familiar from the first movie, leaving a disappointing sense of déjà boo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2010
It's the screenplay that ultimately demonstrates too little imagination, beyond the manner in which it bookends its predecessor.
October 22, 2010
The movie's shortcomings are the Hollywood literalism in the third act, the need to show us things and connect dots that we don't need to connect.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 21, 2010
Rarely is the second film in a horror franchise more frightening than the original, but Paranormal Activity 2 has more innocent victims and more scares than its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2010
Eagle-eyed audiences watching every corner of the screen are rewarded with spooky "did-you-see-that?" moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 21, 2010
Even when nothing is happening, the often dead-silent shots tend to grow scarier the more you look at them.
Full Review | Original Score: B+