Paranormal Activity 2
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Spooky hauntings are once again the main course in this Paramount Pictures follow-up to Oren Peli's wildly successful supernatural thriller Paranormal Activity. Tod Williams directs from a script by Michael R. Perry.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like Oren Peli, who created the first film, director Tod Williams keeps the dialogue So-Cal dumb and colorless, which must be part of the scare plan but makes both these movies hard to sit through."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's simultaneously a lot more expensive and a lot cheaper."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Paranormal Activity 2 is surprisingly boring, not scary and lazily made. This is hands down one of the worst horror movies that I've ever seen."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"While the meagre rationing of shocks is undoubtedly frustrating for the bulk of the movie, this allows the final act plenty of room to crank the fear factor up to 11."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"The scares in Paranormal Activity 2 aren't as frequent or always as well built as the original film's, but those that exist are still pretty effective."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Less scary than a toaster."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out New York
"Demons of mediocrity, be gone! Here we have a shrewd sequel a touch better than the original."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It's the scariest movie in years."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"The good ol' child-in-peril gimmick is the only new thing offered by Tod Williams' follow-up to Oren Peli's 2007 hit."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Not only drags out too long, it fails to pay off at the end."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Even knowing what's likely to come -- the doors opening on their own, the skeptical characters scoffing at metaphysical explanations, the unheeded warnings from paranormally gifted guests -- doesn't make it any less nailbiting to watch."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"What's unusual about these movies is that we know those scares are coming, and the filmmakers' drawn-out approach makes them even more effective when they finally arrive."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"To put it simply, if you've seen the first film, then you've seen this film. There's nothing new offered here, so there's not much of a point in bothering with it."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Instead of being trapped in one bedroom, this family has quite a few escape routes that they use quite a bit, which doesn't really help build a sense of dread. It just makes you think, "Get out of the house, fools. The door's right there.""
‑ Dave White,
"[A] title card end[s] the film on another ominous ellipsis, ominous primarily because it guarantees the need for a third film, most likely to be released in 3D, it is assumed."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
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