If it's remembered for nothing else, and it almost certainly won't be, Uli Edel's "Pay the Ghost" can at least make a claim to being the first film to feature a haunted razor scooter in a horror setpiece.
Andrew Barker, Variety, 2015-09-26
A new low for Nicolas Cage. Just when you thought he couldn't get any more apathetic about a role, he pops up in this lazy, boring retread of "Insidious" that even his most diehard fans should ignore.
Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com, 2015-09-25
Fine, sure, "Pay the Ghost" if you have to. But do not pay good American money to see the movie of the same name.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2015-09-25
Sludgy greens and smudged blacks assault the eyes, and crashing sound cues accompany every scare - dead giveaways of a director, Uli Edel, who trusts neither his audience nor his images.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 2015-09-25
Tidbits that would make the film interesting have been squandered. Instead, we get the standard-issue haunted-house fodder.
Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, 2015-09-24
In "Pay the Ghost," Nicolas Cage investigates a supernatural abduction but has no solution for the maggot-eaten zombie that is his undead career.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2015-09-24
The movie's B-movie flimsiness is pervasive, and paired with an overall lack of B-movie flair, though director Uli Edel makes some game yarn-spinning attempts.
Jesse Hassenger, AV Club, 2015-09-22
The script doesn't know the difference between being something scary and pointing at something scary.
Chris Packham, Village Voice, 2015-09-22