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Scream 2 (1997)

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89

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 2

It is scarier and funnier than the original.

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The crafty Wes Craven follows up lastÕs yearÕs surprise hit with another supremely self-referential but satisfyingly droll thriller.

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Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Kevin Williamson

Jul 17, 2001

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The rest of the cast of disposable archetypes deadpanned about why ''sequels suck'' -- a particularly funny joke, since this one didn't.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
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Visceral, witty and appropriately redundant...

July 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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If you liked Scream there's no reason you shouldn't like this sequel.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The film itself is stuck in a cycle of repetition, with slight variations.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Wes Craven was born to direct this material. One of the most successful of horror filmmakers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Scream 2 is a clever and wittily manipulative copycat sequel to Scream.

January 1, 2000
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Its self-awareness has a brashness that can be enlivening.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

The first 10 minutes attain a deranged brilliance (especially considering Charlie Kaufman wouldn't introduce his own brand of narrative invention for another two years).

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

...a perfunctory (yet consistently watchable) sequel...

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Bloody good fun.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

A bland limp sequel that fails to follow the act of the charismatic first film...

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (3)
Cinema Crazed

Slightly milder sequel to the post-modern slasher.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There's a lot more going on here than in Scream... So why isn't it a slam dunk? Because of the writing, which is just lousy in any number of ways.

July 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comments (5)
Antagony & Ecstasy

The weakest entry in the trilogy, but it's still smarter than the majority of horror films that get released each year.

October 15, 2008 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Comments (3)
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Clever parody of the sequel trend; once again we are treated to a movie mocking its own conventions. Some great comic -- and terrifying -- moments, but suffers for not being as original as the original.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This disappointing sequel to last year's horror sleeper gets trapped in the clichés it's trying to send up.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (3)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Scream 2 is as clever and nerve-wracking as the original; on its own self-referential, crowd-pleasing terms, it's a success.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Scream 2 isn't nearly as fresh, suspenseful or witty as it's inaugural bloodfest.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The secret to both Scream and Scream 2's success is that neither film condescends to its audience - instead the audience is let in on the joke.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

At least as good as the original.

May 11, 2004 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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I truly hope that Scream 2 proves to all of the doubters that horror movies are not all the same. They are not all equally bad, and by God, they are not all equally good. However, they don't get any better than Scream 2.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

It's not just bloody; it's actually interesting.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Audience Reviews for Scream 2

A smash of a sequel concerning the same group of young people mysteriously stalked by a vicious killer. Full of scenes of self-referential-ism and possessing an acute self-awareness that makes it instantly charming, director Wes Craven knows how to spoof the same genre that made him famous to begin with. Neve Campbell is perfect as the lead, with nice, funny supporting turns from a well-rounded young cast. It trips up a little bit here and there on some things, but one could argue that his movie is a tad better than the first, a claim the movie itself humorously labels as near-impossible in most cases. I have to say I think I liked it just a bit more than the first, though.
August 19, 2012
Dan Schultz

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Randy: There are certain rules that one must abide by in order to create a successful sequel. Number one: the body count is always bigger. Number two: the death scenes are always much more elaborate - more blood, more gore - carnage candy.And number three: never, ever, under any circumstances, assume the killer is dead. 

"Someone has taken their love of sequels one step too far."

Scream 2 follows the same idea as the first. Let's make fun of horror films, while still paying homage to them. This one takes it shot at the horror sequel. Randy is there for awhile, like in the first, to help us along in understanding how everything is going to work. He makes sure we know the rules for sequel, as they are a little different.

The first scene of this movie is absolutely brilliant. We go to the premiere night of Stab, a movie based on the events of the Scream. We see the start of the movie, which very much resembles the start of Scream. Then a killer shows up that no one sees because everybody is dressed like the killer. He is camouflaged, and that obviously makes his business a little easier to accomplish.

Scream 2 follows pretty much the same plot as the first. This time, however, we are given a copy cat killer, and some new characters to replace all the dead from the first one. Other than those details, you should expect a lot of the same elements that the original had. This sequel is honestly almost as fun as the first. It was a damn near perfect sequel, right up to the end. Then the ending happened. It's not to say that I completely despised the ending, but after the greatness of the ending in the first film, this one left a lot to be desired.

The Scream franchise is one of the few horror franchises that I love all the way through. Wes Craven did a great job with all for, but the quality does go down after this one. Three and four, while still good, don't match up to one and two. 
January 6, 2012
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

This sequel to the popular Scream movie the previous year, is just about as much fun as the first. I really enjoyed it.
August 11, 2011
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    1. Sidney Prescott: I'm a fighter.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (5 months ago)
    1. Randy Meeks: I'd let the geek, get the girl.
    – Submitted by John B (7 months ago)
    1. Mickey: The Empire Strikes Back. Better story, improved effects.
    2. Randy Meeks: Not a sequel. Part of a trilogy. Completely planned.
    3. Hallie: I like those little furry things.
    4. Mickey: They're Ewoks. They blow.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (10 months ago)
    1. Maureen Evans: Bitch! Hang the phone up and Star-69 his ass! Damn!
    2. Phil Stevens: Sshh!
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (11 months ago)
    1. Gale Weathers: Anyway, you're forgetting something. In Woodsboro, there were more victims before the homestretch.; Tatum, my cameraman, Himbry...
    2. Joel: Time out! I don't need to be hearing about no dead cameramen, all right? Now I'm warning you guys. I am a verb away from vacating these premises. I'm gonna get me some coffee, donuts, Prozac, see If I can find some crack, Special KX, "not Malcolm and I'll be back when you guys start talking about something a little more Saved By The Bellish, all right?
    3. Dewey Riley: He seems a little shaky.
    4. Gale Weathers: Don't worry about him. If the killer is following a pattern, maybe we can figure out who's next.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (13 months ago)
    1. Sidney Prescott: Three hundred people watched. Nobody did anything. They thought it was publicity stunt, for Christ's sakes.
    2. Randy Meeks: And it would have been a good one too.
    3. Sidney Prescott: It's starting again Randy.
    4. Randy Meeks: It's not. A lot of shit happens at the movies. People get robbed, shot, maimed, murdered. Multiplex is just a very dangerous place to be these days.
    5. Sidney Prescott: Yeah and you are in extreme denial.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (15 months ago)
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