Scream 4 (2011)



Critic Consensus: The franchise is showing its age, but Scream 4 is undeniably an improvement over its predecessor, with just enough meta humor and clever kills.

Movie Info

In Scream 4, Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (played by Emma Roberts) and her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell). Unfortunately Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. -- (C) Dimension

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin Williamson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 4, 2011
Box Office: $38.2M
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as Sidney Prescott

as Gale Weathers-Riley

as Dewey Riley

as Jill Roberts

as Charlie Walker

as Deputy Perkins

as Deputy Hoss

as Kate Roberts

as Deputy Judy Hicks

as Trevor Sheldon

as Olivia Morris

as Sherrie

as Sherrie

as Jenny Randall

as Marnie Cooper

as Robbie Mercer

as Ghostface

as Rebecca Walters

as Deputy Jenkins

as Mr. Baker

as Film Geek

as Cocky Student

as TV Host

as Reporter #1

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as Reporter #3

as Reporter #4

as Reporter #5

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as The Voice
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Critic Reviews for Scream 4

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (37)

A half-thought-out lark, the movie mocks and rejects every current trend of the genre.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Easily rises up its peers in the genre and is a suspenseful sequel worth screaming about.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Weak plot, half-assed performances and lacking any originality make this a lame and uninspired film.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013
We Got This Covered

Fails at chills, stumbles as satire. Tired. Played out.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Tribune News Service

Everybody is still a suspect and everybody is still a victim, but narrowing down our Ghostface has become easier than ever.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
Gordon and the Whale

Returning horror fans should enjoy Scream 4. The series remains smartly unapologetic in toying with meta-references and horror-film expectations.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

Audience Reviews for Scream 4

A lot has changed since the original 1996 "Scream," and this fourth installment in the franchise is apt to point every one of those changes out time and again. Original director Wes Craven and original screenwriter Kevin Williamson come back for more, and do so with the willingness of an entirely new cast and the old one, an unprecedented feat seeing as how the last film was made eleven years prior. The original film celebrated the diverse inclinations of the horror genre, while also poking fun at it thanks to veteran director Craven helming the vehicle. What was great about the original was that it knew what it was (Meta) and nearly broke the fourth wall time and again by addressing itself over and over. More than its cheekiness though was that "Scream" simply was an amazing horror movie: it utilized new technologies for ingenious kills, had two manic and yet unsuspecting killers, and had thoughtfully written and entertaining characters. This sequel does willingly give itself make to Meta, and with gusto, bringing in an entirely new cast to replace the archetypes of the original and jumpstarting the original's breadth of knowledge on horror films. The horror film obsessed generation that we're introduced to in this version though are not enjoyably familiar, only agitating and crass. The original cast, in conjunction, only mirrors some of their more prominent characteristics, including Gale's tenacity, Dewey's slovenly ineptitude, and Sidney's propensity for being a victim. The film does not reboot itself, does not do much that's new in the way of kills, and doesn't distract from two killers, only makes us wait until they're eventually unmasked. I will say that the ending, with its distractions and climactic turns, was unprecedented and did something many reboots are too cowardly to do. That's what's great about the "Scream" franchise, and after the bitter taste of the third, this is a great retelling of an age old story. Though I don't think it's an unnecessary sequel, I do agree with a quote from the last moments of the film: "You forgot the first rule of remakes. Don't fuck with the original!"

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

If Kevin McCallister were in Scream franchise, the Ghostface killer was already in prison.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


What could have been just a trilogy became a quadrilogy... and possibly more if they don't leave it alone. Scream 4 (or Scre4m) covers much of the same territory as the previous films. To me just it's slightly better than the second film while also being so much better than the third. Not that the film is perfect, but it's actually the best sequel. I have problems with it, of course. There are several character dynamics that are hinted at but never explored, or paid off if you will. The main one is that Dewey might have a possible romantic attachment to his deputy and in one scene in particular, to Sidney. In the latter, they share this very longing look at each other before uncomfortably seperating, and it's never mentioned or explored again afterwards, which is a shame. The movie's also full of extraneous characters that don't really go anywhere and act merely as red herrings to the plot. The acting is ok, but Emma Roberts is absolutely atrocious, and I couldn't get past her terrible line delivery. As for the leads, Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox seemed to be bored and don't seem to have very much to do. David Arquette's character actually has a little more depth, probably more so than any of them. He started out as a bumbling deputy in the original but is now a take-charge sheriff who you can no longer laugh at. I like that, and it gives at least one returning character a reason to be here. Personally, I think this could have been made without Sidney Prescott and Gale Weathers, as neither of them add any real value to the plotline and are simply here because the series demands it. They do almost nothing in the film until the third act and the focus is on the new characters and not them. I would've actually like to have seen them go in a different direction with the series and just started out fresh with just the new characters. It might've worked, and even if it didn't, it would at least be a little more interesting and didn't feel like it was recycling old ideas (another Woodsborough murders book???). Scream fans will enjoy it, I'm sure, but I'm not a die-hard fan of this series and even though I enjoyed it for the most part, it's plagued with problems and feels tired.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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