Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The bottom line, for me, is this: I don't scare easily at horror films, but I watched Paranormal Activity 3 in a state of high anxiety.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
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.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The films are not works of genius. They are, however, wily reminders of the virtues of restraint when you're out for a scare.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman cut their teeth on 2010's glib social-media mystery "Catfish,'' and since they're clever boys, they make the most of the series' new toy. Otherwise, Paranormal Activity 3 is almost identical to, and just as eerily effective as, the first two films in its alternation of cheesy "boo!'' tactics and genuine scares.
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Where Paranormal Activity 3's weak points show are in the unbelievable silliness of its characters.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Paranormal Activity 3 delivers similarly eerie moments, though long stretches go by where nothing truly ominous occurs.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The first 45 minutes of this film feel like far too much normal and not nearly enough para.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
I fully expect Paranormal Activity 3 to be box office gold. But it's barely worth two stars, let alone two cents. As for future followups, I offer this plea: STOP!
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By James Berardinelli
The scares (if you want to call them that) are still there - one "boo!" moment after another, strung together like a breadcrumb trail through a labyrinth. So if that's all you want from a Halloween release like Paranormal Activity 3, you are the perfect audience member.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A few really weird things happen during Paranormal Activity 3, though unfortunately, they have nothing to do with being frightened.
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59 out of 100
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