Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
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. Read full review
An ingenious little horror film, so well made it's truly scary. Read full review
With a $15,000 budget too puny to empty a petty-cash drawer, the no-frills Paranormal Activity comes packed with thrills. Read full review
Succeeds in its modest goals of building tension slowly and generating a handful of legitimate scares. A few people in the audience were laughing during the first half of the film. No one was laughing during the long walk out of the theater. Read full review
An impressive, not entirely successful exercise in minimalist filmmaking. Read full review
No-frills chills are what Paranormal Activity offers in unrelenting supply. Read full review
Like legendary producer Val Lewton in the '40s, director Oren Peli, who shot "Paranormal" in seven days in his own home, understands that what's most frightening is what you don't see but merely suggested. Read full review
"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. Read full review
A "Blair Witch"-y creepshow that owes a lot to Japanese horror. Read full review
Even at 85 minutes, the movie contains maybe 50 minutes that scare. Read full review
My roommate, the Blair Witch.
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