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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Oct 19, 2011
    91
    The bottom line, for me, is this: I don't scare easily at horror films, but I watched Paranormal Activity 3 in a state of high anxiety.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Oct 20, 2011
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 20, 2011
    75
    Co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman cut their teeth on 2010's glib social-media mystery "Catfish,'' and since they're clever boys, they make the most of the series' new toy. Otherwise, Paranormal Activity 3 is almost identical to, and just as eerily effective as, the first two films in its alternation of cheesy "boo!'' tactics and genuine scares.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 20, 2011
    63
    Paranormal Activity 3 delivers similarly eerie moments, though long stretches go by where nothing truly ominous occurs.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 21, 2011
    50
    I fully expect Paranormal Activity 3 to be box office gold. But it's barely worth two stars, let alone two cents. As for future followups, I offer this plea: STOP!
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 19, 2011
    50
    This Paranormal doesn't tamper with the formula that worked in the first two films. It lacks the "money" moments that those films delivered and ends with a finale that is downright conventional. "Paranormal" reveals itself for what it has become, the "Saw" of found video thrillers.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 20, 2011
    25
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 81
  2. Negative: 13 out of 81
  1. Oct 22, 2011
    10
    I am a long time fan of horror/thriller movies and books, tending to lean towards the **** ideals, but not discounting slasher films. I'll notI am a long time fan of horror/thriller movies and books, tending to lean towards the **** ideals, but not discounting slasher films. I'll not drone on about camera technique, nor the type of medium used,(tho I will say the acting and direction of the two lil starlets in this piece was great :-D ). As most know this story chronicles the "other worldly" lives of two sisters but in reverse, the latest film being them as children. I did enjoy the first two,seeing them on DVD, but was hesitant to spend money at a large theater filled with whispers and cell phones when in a couple months I could watch it for half the price in the comfort of my home.My niece , however, also a fan of the scream screen, was desperate to the point of, "I'll die if i can't see it opening night at midnight!!", and it being R rated...I couldn't give her money and toss her at the mall while pausing in front of the doors, and go to Applebee's for a couple **** while I waited. So, being the dutiful Uncle I am, I grudgingly relaxed a little after work and grumbled up to the theater so she could see the premier. Once seated in the theater, the previews included a trailer of a P.A. (Paranormal Activity) type movie involving a mental hospital and exorcisms with some very good special affects were played, adding to the normal tension associated with horror flicks in the the theater. The film began with no hoopla or credits, it was just there and playing. I could feel the anxiey n the place rise like a presence to a point where allmost all "surprise" in the film caused shrieks and giggles and I was bored already, but very soon...I developed a wickid lil grin. This was the best of the three, the screams from the audience were nearly defening and even young men were clenching so fast they came out of their seats and trashed anybravado they had shown coming in, while I was trying hard to watch the entire screen so I wouldn't miss any of the lil "creepys" that popped up. My 12 year old niece in the mean time went from a state of interest, to fasination, to mild fear up to an occation "freak-out", (baring in mind she' a BIG fan of "the Grudge" tp the point of knowing all the characters and watching the japanese version "Ju-on" as well as "The Ring" and the "Saws" franchise)but thats the point of going to these things in the first place. I was her age when the original "exorcist" came out and, like her, I was looking in the shadows and searched every room when I got homeand even having the light on was only minor comfort,( noooo Im NOT mean...she wants to see it again by the way) Long story short, ( to late),this is a must see film worth admissionlike a good roller coaster it should make you walk out going "HOLY CRAP" or it's just another day. ;-P......P.S. I don't like the way this format does corrections Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2011
    8
    This has got to be the scariest film in the trilogy, it scared the **** out of me, it was so creepy I couldn't sleep for a week. 2 THUMBS UP,This has got to be the scariest film in the trilogy, it scared the **** out of me, it was so creepy I couldn't sleep for a week. 2 THUMBS UP, PEOPLE WHO DISS THIS ARE **** Expand
  3. Mar 20, 2015
    8
    Another good entry into the series. This one takes place in 1988 and shows "how the activity began", as started by the poster. It gives aAnother good entry into the series. This one takes place in 1988 and shows "how the activity began", as started by the poster. It gives a little bit more mythology to the demon, which makes this one the most interesting of the series. Paranormal Activity 3 is definitely the flashiest PA movie. Like the second movie, it does go bigger but, still, its subtlety isn't totally compromised. A lot of scares are played out by a more interesting camera setup: the characters move the camera a lot more, and there's one camera that pans across the room, waiting to scare us when the camera moves back to the other side of the room. The last 15 minutes, like the previous films, is by far the scariest part, but the last scene in this one really reminded me of The Blair Witch Project, one of the scariest movies I've seen. Another particularly memorable moment was when two of the characters play Bloody Mary, and it's probably one of the best moments in the series. Paranormal Activity 3 doesn't disappoint, whether you're a fan of the series or not. It's a consistently scary and effective horror movie that keeps the surprisingly consistent franchise fresh. Expand
  4. Oct 21, 2011
    7
    See-it - This haunted-house-slash-demonic-possession prequel is the best scary movie of the year, and the directing duo from Catfish brings aSee-it - This haunted-house-slash-demonic-possession prequel is the best scary movie of the year, and the directing duo from Catfish brings a fresh, sharp, much-needed jolt to PA3 that makes it worth seeing whether you're a PA-virgin or not. Expand
  5. Apr 14, 2012
    6
    It's a good movie, but the end is not good, but the whole movie was good, and this movie is the best of the two others movies about ParanormalIt's a good movie, but the end is not good, but the whole movie was good, and this movie is the best of the two others movies about Paranormal Activity Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2012
    5
    Not a bad movie but not a good one either. The Paranormal Activity franchise is slowly but surely becoming the highest-grossing horrorNot a bad movie but not a good one either. The Paranormal Activity franchise is slowly but surely becoming the highest-grossing horror franchise ever and because of that I thought it would be a little better. There is basically no script and the effects weren't that great. This is definitely a movie that will keep wondering when something will just come out of nowhere but you really must not worry about it for every 20 minutes. This a movie you definitely rent Expand
  7. Oct 12, 2014
    0
    Worst movie in the universe! don't watch if you don't want to be bored to death! nearly not scary at all! It's not worth anything at all!Worst movie in the universe! don't watch if you don't want to be bored to death! nearly not scary at all! It's not worth anything at all! What's so good about this movie! Expand

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