(2003)

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Metascore

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83
Entertainment Weekly
Like its two predecessors, Scary Movie 3 is a hit-or-miss affair, but the gags that connect really connect.
80
It is consistently entertaining and frequently hilarious, the violence of the slapstick so cartoonish that it does not spoil the fun.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Scary Movie 3 is a veritable time capsule of of-this-moment kitsch, schlock and bad taste. And it's funny, too.
75
New York Daily News
The jokes come in endless flurries, and if they're working - even at a ratio of 1 in 4 - you're laughing more than you're not. The Zucker-Proft team simply has a higher batting average than the Wayans.
75
Thanks to director Zucker, this is by far the best installment yet -- there's less bathroom humor and more "Airplane!"-type lunacy.
50
The time might be right for the Scary movies to quit on top, even though, alas, there are no term limits for sequels.
50
Notably Wayansless. It's also notably devoid of a point of view.
50
Chicago Tribune
Plot doesn't matter much here, as Scary Movie 3 exists solely to reference and lampoon other movies, in this case "The Ring," "Signs " and "8 Mile."
50
New York Post
Although Scary Movie 3 boasts the same relaxed attitude to racial and sexual humor, some of the same eye for movieland ridiculousness, along with the usual cameos (Pamela Anderson and Simon Cowell), it lacks a single explosive, roll-on-the-floor gag, and too often repeats and belabors jokes that are merely OK.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The decision to overhaul the Scary Movie franchise by sending up such non-horror titles as "8 Mile" and "The Matrix Reloaded" also pays dividends.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
Ends up committing the spoof genre's worst crime: becoming a tired parody of itself.
25
San Francisco Chronicle
After the first few minutes, viewers will get the feeling they just emerged from a 14-month coma. Even the non-movie jokes focus on last year's news.

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