Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Oct 21, 2011
    Paranormal Activity 3 just uses new technology to deliver the same old ghosts-and-goblins hokum.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 231 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 76
  2. Negative: 12 out of 76
  1. Oct 22, 2011
    Most horror movies are a bore. They try to frighten the audience with blood and guts and unstoppable killing machines. The Paranormal Activity series has taken the low-tech "bump in the night" approach and made it work for three films. While I enjoyed it, I believe this is the weakest of the three. While it is gifted at building tension it doesn't provide as satisfying a payoff as the two previous films. The story also gives very little attention to the reason behind the mayhem. I would have preferred a more complete explanation for all the bumps in the night. Even with these complaints, Paranormal Activity 3 is far better than any of the Saw films and 99 percent of all the other so-called horror flicks. That's why I gave it a 7. Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2011
    Ok im s sucker for reality based horror movies. When the 1st one came out, I could not sleep for a week. It was great. I love it when as movie has that much of a scare effect. The 2nd one came out and I was literally praying to god in the cinema to get me out of here, again loved it. The 3rd one I was like ...ok where are the scenes from the trailer. I am not lying people when I say the scariest scenes are in the TRAILER and not the MOVIE. The movie is missing approx 7-8 scenes. This is not acceptable and I feel like its a Marketing tactic to attract cinema seats to be sold and for us to buy the DVD. NOT GOOD Full Review »
  3. Oct 21, 2011
    Let me premise this with the fact that scary movies DO NOT have an effect on me. I enjoy them, but hardly does it get a response out of me.

    PA3 changed this for me. I had preconceived notions based on what was in the trailers. The trailers are very misleading. Do not assume you know what will be in the movie based on the trailers. You won't really see anything that was in them.

    The movie was great at creating tension and causing me to tense up enough that when something happened I'd freak out. The ending could have been better, but overall this was a great film. A definite must see for those who enjoy horror films!
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