Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman take their stab at the Paranormal series with the third film that plays out as a prequel, happening years before the creepy events of the first two films. Paranormal Activity 3 does nothing to separate itself from the previous two films. It follows the PA formula to the last second, resulting in the worst film of the bunch. Its scares are less scary and the story is transparent. All it does is peak at the roots of the demon-stalked family and offer more jumps that can be achieved by using household products."