Metacritic Movie Ratings
Paranormal Activity Reviews



out of 100

Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    With its this-is-really-happening vibe, Paranormal Activity scrapes away 30 years of encrusted nightmare clichés. The fear is real, all right, because the fear is really in you.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

    An ingenious little horror film, so well made it's truly scary.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    No-frills chills are what Paranormal Activity offers in unrelenting supply.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    "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.

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