Paranormal Activity 3 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Paranormal Activity 3 Reviews

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Adam Graham
Detroit News
October 21, 2011
Joost and Schulman sustain a consistent sense of dread, playing with our own fears of things that go bump in the night.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 21, 2011
If you haven't seen the first two movies, why are you watching this? And if you have seen the first two movies, why do you need to watch this?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 21, 2011
Series creator Oren Peli and his conscripts have managed to do it again, but you have to wonder how far they can continue to push this found-footage angle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 21, 2011
The shtick movie "Paranormal Activity 3" is the horror equivalent of vaudeville comedy: a little patter, a little pie in the face, repeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 20, 2011
This third Paranormal is a prequel that occasionally goes off the rails but also offers more laughs and somewhat more character development than the previous installments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
October 20, 2011
It ... brings fake-out jolts and humor into play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2011
Far and away the sharpest, most wildly aware film in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
October 20, 2011
There's something to be said for giving people what they want, but in genre movieland, that strategy droops into lazy cynicism quicker than you can say Saw 3D.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 20, 2011
"Paranormal Activity 3'' has no interest in art. It just wants to give you the willies with a minimum of gore and a maximum of camcorder dread, and it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 20, 2011
There are only so many times bodies can be dragged out of frame and tables levitated before the biggest scare of all is the threat of tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 20, 2011
If the goal is to generate howls of both laughter and terror, Paranormal Activity 3 falls short. It's too by-the-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 20, 2011
The Paranormal Activity movies are built on fundamental horror concepts, and those fundamentals still hold.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 20, 2011
Two movies later, even die-hard supporters are going to find all this stuff dully familiar.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 20, 2011
The filmmakers throw in a few cheesy scares: mom in a monster mask, a baby sitter jumping in front of a camera. But the rest is pretty freaking cool.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 20, 2011
"Paranormal" reveals itself for what it has become, the "Saw" of found video thrillers.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 20, 2011
It's not so much a movie as it is a cinematic cardio exam, with directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the guys who made "Catfish," pounding away again and again to see how much your heart can take.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 20, 2011
Inexplicably, there are people who still haven't had enough of these movies. The first was a nifty novelty. Now the appeal has worn threadbare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 19, 2011
The bottom line, for me, is this: I don't scare easily at horror films (that's one of the reasons I tend to pan them), but I watched Paranormal Activity 3 in a state of high anxiety.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
October 19, 2011
Still, cheap it may be, but it's not particularly graphic, so it's got that going for it. And in any case, scares are scares, even if they are cheap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 19, 2011
Although not exactly breaking any new ground with its by now all too familiar found-footage format, Paranormal Activity 3 hews to the formula in expertly crafted fashion, mustering up the requisite scares and then some.
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William Goss
Film.com
September 30, 2011
For better or worse, this is more of the same, if creepier than it was the last time around.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 29, 2011
Paranormal Activity 3 earns points for its low-key ability to keep viewers primed over long stretches to expect that something very bad, or even worse, may happen at any moment.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
September 29, 2011
While sometimes an unadulterated thrill to watch with an audience, it gets progressively dumber as it goes along.