Paranormal Activity 2 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Paranormal Activity 2 Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
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.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
October 27, 2010
Less scary than a toaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
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.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 25, 2010
It's simultaneously a lot more expensive and a lot cheaper.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
October 25, 2010
he jolts, when they come, are bigger, causing actual physical thrills and chills, at least for me.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 23, 2010
As frightening as a bedsheet flapping on a clothesline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 22, 2010
If you're looking for wicked fun this Halloween, Paranormal Activity 2 is the best goosebump game in town.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
October 22, 2010
Succeeds by giving us another dose of what worked the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 22, 2010
Technically accomplished in its fake video-verite style but artistically bankrupt.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
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
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 22, 2010
It's the screenplay that ultimately demonstrates too little imagination, beyond the manner in which it bookends its predecessor.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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+