70

Movieline

The film is heavily reliant on jump scares, but its best moments are the ones before them, when the tension builds without the benefit of escalating music to queue you in to the approaching shock.
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
Catfish pair Joost and Ariel Schulman keep the franchise firmly on track with a satisfyingly scary fourth instalment.
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50

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
This is hardly reinventing the wheel, but it is serviceable, if you're looking for a few shivery communal scares.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The ending steals actionably from "The Blair Witch Project," the movie that helped spawn these first-person chillers.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
There's virtually nothing new in the dull Paranormal Activity 4 except for a modification in the method of documenting the spooky shenanigans.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Adam Markovitz
PA4 develops the story ever so slightly (not enough to satisfy fans) and delivers a few good scares (not enough to satisfy newbies); mostly, it plays like a overlong prologue for the already-in-the-works PA5. Here's hoping this is just the tension-racking lull before the next big scream.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

Fairly mild in tone and riffing -- if not quite ripping -- off a collection of horror classics that includes "The Shining," "Rosemary's Baby" and "Poltergeist," both the franchise's premise and its execution nevertheless remain rudimentary, with the narrative and character backstories representing more of a sketch than a fully realized vision of the supernatural world that Katie inhabits.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Paranormal Activity 4 sadly continues the series' downslide, most drearily with a mid-film twist that enables the filmmakers to go about essentially remaking the second entry.
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25

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
They could have called this Paranormal Inactivity.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
PA 4's best idea, besides reintroducing the slow-walking, statuesque Katie, is a strange video trick involving lots of little lights filling a darkened room. It's tough to describe, but the cameras, of course, capture a figure the characters can't.
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40 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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