Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)



Critic Consensus: While the jolts and thrills are undeniably subject to the diminishing returns that plague most horror sequels, Paranormal Activity 3 is a surprisingly spine-tingling treat.

Movie Info

The Paranormal Activity franchise continues with this third outing from Paramount Pictures. Oren Peli and Jason Blum return to produce the highly secretive feature, with Catfish's directing duo of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman taking on the helming duties. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovimore
Rating: R (for some violence, language, brif sexuality and drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Christopher Landon, Michael R. Perry, Oren Peli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2012
Box Office: $104.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Paranormal Activity 3

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (22)

A few surprisingly effective set pieces that earn some legitimate scares, regardless of how familiar it's all starting to feel.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

The latest installment isn't quite as terrifying as the second, but it's still extremely creepy and engrossing and everything you'd want in a 21st-century nightmare maker.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Georgia Straight

I just spent the whole movie covering my eyes, opening them right before what I knew was going to happen happened ... and then shutting them again and curling up. These movies, man. They get me every time.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Sustaining horror is what the Paranormal Activity movies are all about and in that sense, part 3 doesn't disappoint.

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

A couple of hair-raising moments, a couple of legitimate jolts and some funny cheap ones.

Full Review… | December 31, 2012
Tribune News Service

Drips with tension, horror, and building suspense that explodes in to a mind blowing finale that you'll not soon forget.

Full Review… | December 23, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity 3

A dull and obvious prequel with a predictable paper-thin plot that reuses the same old unscary sheet tricks of the first movie and even has a guy - stubborn to the point of stupidity - carrying a camera for much longer after good sense would have made him drop it.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Going even deeper into its mythology, the third movie is certainly sacrificing the things which made the second so scary to develop a more interesting story. By the end of this movie my teeth were clenched together so hard that my jaw was hurting. Pure terror and dread up until a spine chilling climax make this movie the most effective, although not the scariest.

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

It would have been a better film had it not been made as "Found Footage," because there is real ingenuity in the way this prequel scares its audience and expands on the mythology, but the drawbacks to this style, such as long drawn out periods of nothing happening and limited perspectives, are now at their most evident.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Paranormal Activity 3 Quotes

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– Submitted by Danny M (3 years ago)
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– Submitted by Wesley L (4 years ago)
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– Submitted by Anthony R (4 years ago)
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