(1996)

Critic Reviews

65

Metascore

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91
Entertainment Weekly
A deft, funny, shrewdly unsettling tribute to such slasher-exploitation thrillers as "Terror Train," "New Year's Evil," and Craven's own "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
75
Chicago Sun-Times
What did I think about this movie? As a film critic, I liked it. I liked the in-jokes and the self-aware characters. At the same time, I was aware of the incredible level of gore in this film. It is really violent.
75
New York Daily News
Builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied.
75
ReelViews
Scream is a rarity: a horror movie spoof that succeeds almost as well at provoking scares as laughs.
70
Compared with most of what passes for scary movies these days, this is golden: It's not stupid, it's not wussy and it pulls off a couple of pretty nasty jolts.
63
USA Today
While Scream has its frights, it feels more like one of those solve-the-mystery jigsaw puzzles than a real movie.
63
Chicago Tribune
Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. [20 December 1996, Friday, p.J]
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
May not be the most scary or the grossest horror film you've ever seen, but it has one distinct feature: it actually talks up to the audience. By the conclusion, you won't be shaking in your seat, but you may enjoy the status of someone who has earned a Master's in Slashology.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
Wicked fun with flickers of intelligence.
25
San Francisco Examiner
An artificial and hypocritical effort to escape the artistic limitations of teenage slasher flicks.
25
Baltimore Sun
Indeed, Scream is better than the average slasher film, as its advertisers insist. And, indeed, it is probably Wes Craven's best film, as they also insist. But that is a little like saying the pimple on the left side of your nose is "better" than the pimple on the right side.

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