• Released
  • September 25, 2009
  • (special screenings on Thurs., 10/21, prior to midnight screenings of 'Paranormal Activity 2')
  • R , 1 hr 26 min
  • Horror
Paranormal Activity Synopsis
A young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban "starter" tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic, but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially...
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Critic Ratings

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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
With its this-is-really-happening vibe, Paranormal Activity scrapes away 30 years of encrusted nightmare clich├ęs. The fear is real, all...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
An ingenious little horror film, so well made it's truly scary.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
With a $15,000 budget too puny to empty a petty-cash drawer, the no-frills Paranormal Activity comes packed with thrills.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Succeeds in its modest goals of building tension slowly and generating a handful of legitimate scares. A few people in the audience were...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

An impressive, not entirely successful exercise in minimalist filmmaking.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
No-frills chills are what Paranormal Activity offers in unrelenting supply.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Like legendary producer Val Lewton in the '40s, director Oren Peli, who shot "Paranormal" in seven days in his own home, understands that...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By
"Paranormal" ultimately does deliver in a way that "Blair Witch" never did, but its achingly slow buildup is a test not just of an...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A "Blair Witch"-y creepshow that owes a lot to Japanese horror.
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50

Boston Globe

By
Even at 85 minutes, the movie contains maybe 50 minutes that scare.
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Paranormal Activity - MAJOR HYPE - HYPE - HYPE. Grade: D - for DUMB. (Based on advance VIP press preview)

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Thurs. Sept. 24. This 1hr 39min FICTITIOUS tale dragged on way too long - wallowed in its vapidness to the point of tedious boredom/stupidity. The two main characters are not likable because she...

Five Word Review

By coke209
SUCKED DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE...

Stays with you after it ends

By Brannigan Carter
This movie, of all the horror movies I've watched over the years, haunted me most. I got home, got into bed, and stared out into the dark, listening for sounds and even breaths that weren't mine. I...

Don't listen to the OH NO and NO reviews.

By jcrouch702
I mean honestly, it's 3:20 pm Vegas time on 10/9...and there are currently 260 reveiws...only 20 of which are negative. I am assuming these people must live and breath horror in order to not get...

The Dark, noises and even your bed will no longer be the same after watching this film... think about it twice.

By Inked_In_SF
When I saw the ad on TV advertising it as the SCARIEST film ever, and this statement being supported by Fan reviews on Fandango, I said to myself "This, I gotta check out". The following day I...

Suspenseful and frightening!

By caballero88
After having heard rumors from friends and radio stations, I expected something as scary as the exorcist. But, no movie has ever giving me a stomachache with motion sickness. It was suspenseful,...

Just saw it, Still rattled.. Amazing

By ryashon
This movie was one of the most intense and haunting movies i have seen in a long time, maybe ever. It plays on fears that a lot of people already have. And the best/worst part is it sticks with you...

Scariest movie since The Exorcist!

By TheStoweShow
I can see where people can find this movie boring......that's probably because they either have no imagination or they have never experienced any thing like this in real life. Movies now days are...

Even scarier if you've had personal paranormal experiences

By archangelariel
I've had experiences with ghosts and watching this movie definitely scared me senseless. I had trouble sleeping for 3 nights straight because I kept having flashbacks to some of my own paranormal...

Booying OH NO! Reviews

By BeautiEvil
For those who haven't seen Paranormal Activity, please read only the good reviews!! People who gave it a OH-NO rates are either: A. SAW VI fans B. are Laughing or Mad because they've lost several...

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Rated R | For for language.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Indie scare fest doesn't need blood and gore to terrify.
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