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Scary Movie 3 (2003)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 82

Though an improvement over the second Scary Movie, the laughs are still inconsistent.


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 22

Though an improvement over the second Scary Movie, the laughs are still inconsistent.



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Movie Info

While star Anna Faris returns for the third film in the Scary Movie series, the power behind the camera has shifted from the Wayans brothers to one of the Zucker brothers. The Zucker in question is David Zucker, and he's brought along his partner in movie-parody crime, Leslie Nielsen. This time around, aim is taken at such horror blockbusters as Signs and The Ring, while films of other genres, including Independence Day, 8 Mile, and The Matrix, are also lampooned. The plot finds Cindy (Faris)

May 11, 2004


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Just middling funny, with no truly memorable high points and a sum impact that goes poof! before you've left the parking garage.

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Zucker's slapstick may have the satiric delicacy of a chainsaw lobotomy, but it hasn't harmed the franchise.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Zucker and company keep up such a frantic pace, the next laugh is never too far off.

November 5, 2003
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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Too often even Scary Movie 3's cleverest bits degenerate from affectionate satire into mere imitation of their sources.

October 30, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A hit-or-miss affair, but the gags that connect really connect.

October 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Rebounds nicely from its sophomore misfire, giddily inbreeding the plots of a half-dozen box office overachievers-from The Ring to 8 Mile -- until the result assumes a comically unstoppable life of its own.

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This PG-13 has R-rated stuff.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's better than the second film...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Be afraid, be very afraid.

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

Basically, any movie that suffers from a lack of Charlie Sheen has got problems.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

As with Scary Movie parts one and two, you pays your money, you gets your laughs, and you won't remember a thing in a few months.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Fun, stupid stuff with no sense of a narrative arc or plot structure ... but hey, it made me laugh anyway.

September 17, 2005 Full Review Source:

This is just a stab in the dark, the wildest of guesses on my part, but I don't think Michael Jackson would recommend "Scary Movie 3."

September 11, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

If you're looking for anything other than a parody clipshow, you won't find it.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Scary Movie 3 turns out to be an odd combination of the old-fashioned and the hip. I found it too awkward a combination to be entirely successful.

May 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

This is not one of those occasions when you feel like giving Zucker an even break.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Guardian

The film's comic philosophy might best be summed up this way: If you think it's funny seeing Sheen bang his head against a lamp once, then it's twice as funny to see him do it twice.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The only thing more worn than the humour is a tired-looking Nielsen.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Leave your brain in the foyer, and your taste in the toilets.

January 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Algumas gags funcionam, mas numa razão de cerca de 30%, eu diria. Portanto, talvez esta produção valha o preço do ingresso - isto é, caso você consiga 70% de desconto.

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Often in spectacular bad taste, but like its predecessors it made me laugh hard and often.

December 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Delivers plenty of decent laughs in its short running time.

November 26, 2003 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comments (4)

The latest in this popular spoof franchise is funnier than Scary Movie 2 (which means I came close to laughing at least once.)

November 22, 2003 Full Review

It's time to stop, I'm afraid.

November 17, 2003 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for Scary Movie 3

So much better than the second but in no way as good at the first, the jokes are a lot more original with several funny moments especially with the boy. Leslie Nielsen was a brilliant add to the series.
October 31, 2011

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Scary Movie 3 is the third uninspired entry of the Scary Movie franchise. With this third film, the filmmakers have clearly run out of ideas, and wrote this horrid mess of a "comedy". This film is unfunny, stupid and above all, a total waste of time. This has some awful jokes, bad acting, and the failed attempt at "humor" feels forced, unnatural and strained. The actors themselves seemed bored, and not involved in the film. How can they? This third entry plainly sucks. The gags are very bad, and the film tries too hard at being an effective parody, but it's not. This film is really the start at where parody films started being very bad. I found the film to be very stupid, and awful. I hated this third film, and considering I liked the first two, I was very disappointed in what I saw in this film. Spoof films aren't funny anymore, and Scary Movie 3 and 4 along with Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans proves it. Scary Movie 3 is a disappointing and very bad film that you're not missing out on. Watch the first two Scary Movie films, as they do provide a few laughs, but skip on this one and the fourth film. This film is a painful attempt at comedy, and doesn't do anything interesting on-screen. Skip it; you'll be glad you did.
September 20, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Aunt SahNeequa: You choose the wrong tv to come out of!
    – Submitted by Connor N (14 months ago)
    1. Cindy: That looks like a-
    2. Aunt SahNeequa: A cigarette!
    3. Cindy: I was gonna say an lighthouse
    – Submitted by Connor N (14 months ago)
    1. George: I have a dream.
    2. Tom: What is your dream?
    3. George: To have a dream.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (14 months ago)
    1. Mahalik: This morning she woke up dead!
    2. Carson Ward: How the hell do you wake up dead?
    – Submitted by JuanYamanda R (23 months ago)
    1. Cindy: [hugging George] [crying] It's so hard.
    2. George: Well, you're a beautiful woman, and you're pressing up against me.
    – Submitted by Nikita W (2 years ago)
    1. Cindy: So can you tell me about...
    2. Aunt SahNeequa: The tape?
    3. Cindy: Yes. I watched it and...
    4. Aunt SahNeequa: The phone rang.
    5. Cindy: Right. Then this voice said...
    6. Aunt SahNeequa: That you would die in seven days.
    7. Cindy: Okay, that's getting...
    8. Aunt SahNeequa: Extremely annoying.
    9. Cindy: Yeah.
    10. Orpheus: Try being married to her. I catch shit about women I ain't slept with yet.
    – Submitted by Nikita W (2 years ago)
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