Wilson of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Paranormal Activity 3 is a prequel set in 1988. We have our two sisters, Katie (Chloe Csengery) and Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown), who are roughly around 5-10 years old, with their mother Julie (Lauren Bittner) and boyfriend Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith). You have the same type of scare tactics from the first two: Pots and pans dropping to get the audience to jump, false scares to get the audience to jump, and the paranormal shit to get the audience to jump. After all the audience jumping, it starts unfolding like the rest of the movies when one character decides to walk around the dark house with the camera for your shaky camera fix. The ending is where it seems to take a turn from the rest of the movies. They give you some background on why these activities are happening. That could be good or bad."