Paranormal Activity

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
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  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Lally
    60
    "Paranormal" ultimately does deliver in a way that "Blair Witch" never did, but its achingly slow buildup is a test not just of an audience's patience but the power of hype surrounding the latest alternative scary movie.
  2. Often has the feel of a film-school exercise in which the object is to wring maximum suspense from rudimentary tools.
  3. A "Blair Witch"-y creepshow that owes a lot to Japanese horror.
  4. Reviewed by: Justine Elias
    50
    Even at 85 minutes, the movie contains maybe 50 minutes that scare.
  5. 50
    A crudely made, half-clever little frightener that has become something of a pop-culture sensation and most certainly the movie marketing story of the year.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 578 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    6
    Oren Pelli's "Paranormal Activity" is a decent movie in the 'scary' category, but a fantastic one in the 'psychology' category.
  2. ChrisC
    Oct 20, 2009
    9
    Admittedly the first parts of the movie were kinda boring. But I can't help but feel it was purposely boring to lower expectations to Admittedly the first parts of the movie were kinda boring. But I can't help but feel it was purposely boring to lower expectations to increase the shock value. Brilliantly made movie, the ending is one that still haunts me even days later and is probably the most terrifying scene in a horror movie I've ever seen. Honestly I can't stand when people act tough and say this movie didn't scare them. Stop kidding yourself. It was probably the best horror movie I've ever seen. And Mike R.....you paid $20 for a ticket???? Full Review »
  3. Mar 19, 2012
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This movie is okay, not "the scariest film I have ever seen" but, the end where the body flies to the camera did make me jump a little. But, I wouldn't really watch it unless someone made me.. Full Review »