Paranormal Activity 3 Reviews

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October 24, 2011
PA3 not only delivers quality jolts in spades, it turns out to be much scarier than The Blair Witch Project.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
October 20, 2011
It ... brings fake-out jolts and humor into play.
October 20, 2011
Far and away the sharpest, most wildly aware film in the series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 20, 2011
The Paranormal Activity movies are built on fundamental horror concepts, and those fundamentals still hold.
October 20, 2011
Two movies later, even die-hard supporters are going to find all this stuff dully familiar.
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.
October 20, 2011
"Paranormal" reveals itself for what it has become, the "Saw" of found video thrillers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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