Paranormal Activity 4
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

The fourth installment in the popular horror franchise.

Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 19, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it does manage to wring a few more screams out of the franchise's surprisingly durable premise, Paranormal Activity 4 provides fans of the series with dismayingly diminishing returns.

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

We're still seeing things through handheld devices and built-in laptop cameras, even though nobody seems interested in looking at the footage the cameras were supposedly recording.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

The mood is often playful, with teases and fake-outs that are sometimes humorous and usually right before shocks. Violence is rare, quick and devoid of lingering close-ups.

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Sarah Dobbs

Paranormal Activity has lapsed into self-parody.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Even for a something about supernatural shenanigans, this ending is embarrassing.

Alonso Duralde

There are at least a half-dozen or so decent jolts to be enjoyed over the film's running time, but prepare for a long wait to actually get to them.

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Scott Weinberg

There's some fun to be had, but we've officially reached the "for fans only" stage of this particular horror franchise.

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James Berardinelli

They could have called this Paranormal Inactivity.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

The mythology has deepened, largely to the negative, and the formula is as rigid as the fixins of a fast-food sandwich-tastes the same in every city. But the effects are eternally reliable.

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Glenn Dunks

Paranormal Activity 4 is arguably the weakest entry in the series, but if one still gets their kicks out of these films then that probably won't mean all that much.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
A great 10-minute short expanded into a tediously boring 90 minute feature that only reflects the studio's desperation (and lack of inspiration) to milk… More
Alexander Wilson
The very worst movie I have seen for a long time. I remember at the end of the movie and turning around to a stranger saying "Well that was ****… More
Mark Hobin
Story fatigue had already crept into this series well before this installment. Once again we are presented with lots of found footage from computer webcams.… More
Sunny Dogra
"Paranormal Activity 4" is more of the same. Some of the haunting stunts are fun, but if you've seen any of the first three films, you'll… More
KJ Proulx
Told almost entirely through Skype on computers and cell phones, "Paranormal Activity 4" is not just the worst of the series, but it just an overall… More
Josh Lewis
The first Paranormal Activity was a welcome surprise and one of the best horror movies we've had in a long time, while its first sequel was a… More