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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 80
  2. Negative: 13 out of 80
  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. Oct 26, 2011
    8
    This movie surprised me in the best way. It created like-able characters, in a vulnerable state, and embellished on the serie's alreadyThis movie surprised me in the best way. It created like-able characters, in a vulnerable state, and embellished on the serie's already far-fetched yet interesting story. But are "the scares" worth it??? There quite a bit of creepy bump in the night scenes, which i thoroughly enjoy (yet don't actually frighten me). However, in the third act, the film had my hands a bit sweaty and my grip tightened. So yes. The movie is scary. If you enjoyed the first and the second films, then you'll enjoy this one. If you've been on the fence, this one may not change your mind. But the film works. It creates a great sense of dread without the impassable drudging through night after night of nothingness like in the second film. (which i did not care for at all) The film moves, and leaves you fearing the coming night scenes. Take a friend who is a bit of a scare-dy cat, and you'll have a great time. Be patient, and allow yourself to get scared, and you'll have a great time! Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2012
    8
    Finally! A good movie is made and my expectations are met! And for some reason making a good movie with events and likeable characters whoFinally! A good movie is made and my expectations are met! And for some reason making a good movie with events and likeable characters who don't act like morons is bad? Clearly the critics are oblivious with this third film. The acting is the best of the three movies and the actors pull of their roles well unlike the first two (with the exception of Katie). And the story actually goes somewhere with a beginning, middle, and end. My only gripe with the film is that the ending could be tweaked with because while it does appropriately end the film its not the most satisfying or shocking. But I can at least say the film makers have finally made a good movie. Expand
  4. Oct 21, 2011
    7
    I loed the first two, but this one was a little dissapointing. The scares were few and far between not to mention just reused. DraggedI loed the first two, but this one was a little dissapointing. The scares were few and far between not to mention just reused. Dragged across the floor check, thrown furniture check, moving lights check. On the bright side it has a lot more laughs than the first two and definately adds to the story allowing a follow up. 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 3, 2012
    5
    Not as commendable as the original but better than the second film. All in all, the third installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise isNot as commendable as the original but better than the second film. All in all, the third installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise is a mixed bag. Much like the previous two films this movie is no different as it gradually builds up the terror and suspense as it progresses. While it does have a slow start it really climaxes in a frightful ending which leaves you scratching your head in astonishment. While most horror series begin to drift off into absurdity territory by the time a trilogy is completed these flicks show no sign of slowing down. 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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