Scream 2 (1997)



Critic Consensus: As with the first film, Scream 2 is a gleeful takedown of scary movie conventions that manages to poke fun at terrible horror sequels without falling victim to the same fate.

Movie Info

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

Rating: R (For language and strong bloody violence)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin Williamson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2001
Miramax Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Scream 2

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (18)

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

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Visceral, witty and appropriately redundant...

Full Review… | July 28, 2008
Top Critic

If you liked Scream there's no reason you shouldn't like this sequel.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film itself is stuck in a cycle of repetition, with slight variations.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Its self-awareness has a brashness that can be enlivening.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
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).

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

Audience Reviews for Scream 2

Though mildly entertaining and with some inspired moments here and there, the sad truth is that this routine sequel is not clever or witty enough to subvert this "rule" that sequels are always inferior to the original film especially when it comes to horror movies.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer


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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

As I'll probably end up stating elsewhere in the future, when a film is so meta, it becomes difficult to discern that against the actual content of the film. That is, whether it's intentional or not. Scream 2 picks up a couple of years after the original Scream, and it opens again with two random people who are murdered in the opening moments and have very little to do with the main plot. The problem I have with this sequel is that the killer(s), when you find out who they are, seem to be a bit hackneyed. I understand what they were going for, but is it meta or isn't it? I'm not quite sure. The one positive thing that I have to say about the movie is that Jamie Kennedy is finally killed off. I hate Jamie Kennedy so much and the series is much better without him. He always stands out like a sore thumb whenever he's in something and I can't wait until he's not on screen anymore. There's also quite a number of huge stars in this movie. Unsurprising really, as a lot of these people went on to make more horror movies and have careers on TV, as well. It's not quite as compelling or as good as the first one, but it's fun, and that's about all you can ask for in a sequel, I guess.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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