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Paranormal Activity 3

21para_span-thumbstandard A malign and murderous spirit continues to dwell within a San Diego home in this second creepy sequel to 2007's chilling Paranormal Activity. Hoping to catch photo evidence of the spirit, the residents soon become victims in their own horror film.
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Netflix Rating: 3.4
NYT Review
“Paranormal Activity 3" jumps back to 1988, as the invisible demon Toby hangs out with sisters in their childhood. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 68%
Critics' score: 68   Audience score: 54   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Joost and Schulman sustain a consistent sense of dread, playing with our own fears of things that go bump in the night. full review

Adam Graham, Detroit News

If you haven't seen the first two movies, why are you watching this? And if you have seen the first two movies, why do you need to watch this? full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Series creator Oren Peli and his conscripts have managed to do it again, but you have to wonder how far they can continue to push this found-footage angle. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

The shtick movie "Paranormal Activity 3" is the horror equivalent of vaudeville comedy: a little patter, a little pie in the face, repeat. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

This third Paranormal is a prequel that occasionally goes off the rails but also offers more laughs and somewhat more character development than the previous installments. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

It ... brings fake-out jolts and humor into play. full review

Andy Webster, New York Times

Far and away the sharpest, most wildly aware film in the series. full review

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

There's something to be said for giving people what they want, but in genre movieland, that strategy droops into lazy cynicism quicker than you can say Saw 3D. full review

Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

"Paranormal Activity 3'' has no interest in art. It just wants to give you the willies with a minimum of gore and a maximum of camcorder dread, and it succeeds. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

There are only so many times bodies can be dragged out of frame and tables levitated before the biggest scare of all is the threat of tedium. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

If the goal is to generate howls of both laughter and terror, Paranormal Activity 3 falls short. It's too by-the-numbers. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

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. full review

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

"Paranormal" reveals itself for what it has become, the "Saw" of found video thrillers. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

It's not so much a movie as it is a cinematic cardio exam, with directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the guys who made "Catfish," pounding away again and again to see how much your heart can take. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

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. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The bottom line, for me, is this: I don't scare easily at horror films (that's one of the reasons I tend to pan them), but I watched Paranormal Activity 3 in a state of high anxiety. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Still, cheap it may be, but it's not particularly graphic, so it's got that going for it. And in any case, scares are scares, even if they are cheap. full review

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies

Although not exactly breaking any new ground with its by now all too familiar found-footage format, Paranormal Activity 3 hews to the formula in expertly crafted fashion, mustering up the requisite scares and then some. full review

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

For better or worse, this is more of the same, if creepier than it was the last time around. full review

William Goss, Film.com

Paranormal Activity 3 earns points for its low-key ability to keep viewers primed over long stretches to expect that something very bad, or even worse, may happen at any moment. full review

Joe Leydon, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 81 min
  • Available From: Oct 21, 2012
  • Queued by: 1509 people
Directed By
Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Cast
Christopher Nicholas Smith, Katie Featherston, Sprague Grayden, Lauren Bittner, Mark Fredrichs, Brian Boland
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