(2000)

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88
New York Daily News
For the initiated, the third time's a charm. For everyone else, it's just a scream.
75
USA Today
(Craven) and his Scream dream team have done a frightfully good job of killing off and wrapping up the popular horror series.
63
Just isn't very scary.
63
New York Post
It's the chemistry between the Arquettes (they met on the first film and married after the second) and their rapport with Campbell that sustains Scream 3 through its overly convoluted plot.
63
San Francisco Examiner
At its savviest, Scream 3 is a cheeky conceptual conceit, cheaply executed for the sake of achieving trilogy status. Instead, it's like a carnival that's been in town a week too long.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
Essentially an interlacing of irony and gotcha! Scenes.
50
Entertainment Weekly
About the only thing the movie kills with any decisiveness is your time.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
Campy, overwrought and gleefully cannibalistic in the way it references and regurgitates horror flicks of yore, Scream 3 fulfills its modest ambitions by delivering a glib slasher spoof for the mall crowd.
50
Although Scream 3 is often clever in the way it interweaves the worlds of "Scream," "Stab" and life outside the theater, it's not exactly groundbreaking.
50
Baltimore Sun
Even if Scream 3 lacks the punch and verve of the first two installments, it manages to wring some ironically metaphysical comedy from the movie-within-a-movie motif.
38
At 116 minutes, this third installment lumbers along like a serial killer in shackles.

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