October 24th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
"Paranormal Activity 3" was no less of a box office success than its predecessors, but was it worth the cost of admission?
While critics seemed generally pleased with Paramount's return to the found footage horror flick, moveigoers were a little less sure.
The Los Angeles Times reports that while "PA3" stuck to its low budget - that would be $5 million - it was still "far and away the sharpest, most wildly aware film of the series," filled with "newfound wit and invention."
USA Today's review agrees, adding that this installment, which focuses on haunted sisters Katie and Kristi when they were children in 1988, was more successful in scaring up thrills than the first two.
However, the review notes, the "freshness" of the franchise's ability to terrorize seems to have faded some with this edition, and the movie also "falls back on well-trodden and rather silly territory involving a witches' coven."
Empire adds that as long as you don't arrive to the theater with expectations for innovation, then you'll be pleased with what you view. "It may be hokey," the magazine says, "but the scares still work."
However, moviegoer Jackie Yasso wasn't as impressed, tweeting that she "saw it & was disappointed that many scenes from the trailer were NOT in the movie."
iReporter Brett Martin also found that "the storyline is a bit weak," since "the characters are experiencing paranormal activity for the first time, but the folks who have seen the first two films are not." That, plus the fact that "PA3" largely sticks to the same found footage script as the prior two, made the movie feel a bit been there, done that.
What's your verdict?
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