'Paranormal Activity 2' Critic Reviews

79%
MovieWeb:   12 reviews
58%
Rotten Tomatoes:   131 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Even when nothing is happening, the often dead-silent shots tend to grow scarier the more you look at them.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Cannily marketed as a collective experience, the Paranormal franchise works best in midnight screenings. The hunger for cold, dead chills is usually best indulged in the company of warm, living bodies.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Rarely is the second film in a horror franchise more frightening than the original, but Paranormal Activity 2 has more innocent victims and more scares than its predecessor.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Eagle-eyed audiences watching every corner of the screen are rewarded with spooky "did-you-see-that?" moments.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joy Tipping Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    The filmmakers up the ante here with the addition of a smart teenage girl, an adorable toddler and a protective (but freaked-out) German shepherd named Abby.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    38
    The movie numbers the days as they tick away, and along about Day #12 I'm thinking, why are these people still here?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Demons of mediocrity, be gone! Here we have a shrewd sequel a touch better than the original.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    This is a date-night fright fest that delivers the goods, and will have you checking behind the door when you go to bed at night all over again.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    It's the screenplay that ultimately demonstrates too little imagination, beyond the manner in which it bookends its predecessor.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie's shortcomings are the Hollywood literalism in the third act, the need to show us things and connect dots that we don't need to connect.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    As frightening as a bedsheet flapping on a clothesline.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    67
    Succeeds by giving us another dose of what worked the first time.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    ...reaffirms familiar scare tactics...taps into a certain kind of eeriness implicit in the threat to suburban domesticity, which was precisely what made "Poltergeist" so frightening back in the day.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    The best sequences are too familiar from the first movie, leaving a disappointing sense of deja boo.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    It's simultaneously a lot more expensive and a lot cheaper.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    The clumsy and obvious byproduct of the financial success of its predecessor last Halloween, this movie has no reason for existing except to provide Paramount Pictures with a few extra shekels.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Technically accomplished in its fake video-verite style but artistically bankrupt.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jake Coyle Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Paranormal Activity 2 is better made and not quite as paper thin as the original, but by replicating the bare-bones B-film, the sequel sacrifices any chance for distinction.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    he jolts, when they come, are bigger, causing actual physical thrills and chills, at least for me.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    63
    If you're looking for wicked fun this Halloween, Paranormal Activity 2 is the best goosebump game in town.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    As any patient, malevolent spirit would tell you, if it ain't broke, break it at just the right moment.
    Full Review » 4 years ago