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Scream 2 (1997)


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 59
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: It is scarier and funnier than the original.

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

Critics Consensus: It is scarier and funnier than the original.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 410,426



Movie Info

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

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


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Critic Reviews for Scream 2

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (14) | DVD (13)

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

Wes Craven was born to direct this material. One of the most successful of horror filmmakers.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Scream 2 is a clever and wittily manipulative copycat sequel to Scream.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

Bloody good fun.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011
Three Movie Buffs

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

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Cinema Crazed

Slightly milder sequel to the post-modern slasher.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
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.

Full Review… | July 26, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review… | October 15, 2008

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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2007
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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2007

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

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

At least as good as the original.

Full Review… | May 11, 2004

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.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003
Film Blather

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

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

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 Magalhães

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

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. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Scream 2 Quotes

Sidney Prescott:
I'm a fighter.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (8 months ago)
Randy Meeks:
I'd let the geek, get the girl.
– Submitted by John B (10 months ago)
The Empire Strikes Back. Better story, improved effects.
Randy Meeks:
Not a sequel. Part of a trilogy. Completely planned.
I like those little furry things.
They're Ewoks. They blow.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (13 months ago)
Maureen Evans:
Bitch! Hang the phone up and Star-69 his ass! Damn!
Phil Stevens:
– Submitted by Rawballs B (13 months ago)
Gale Weathers:
Anyway, you're forgetting something. In Woodsboro, there were more victims before the homestretch.; Tatum, my cameraman, Himbry...
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?
Dewey Riley:
He seems a little shaky.
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 (16 months ago)
Sidney Prescott:
Three hundred people watched. Nobody did anything. They thought it was publicity stunt, for Christ's sakes.
Randy Meeks:
And it would have been a good one too.
Sidney Prescott:
It's starting again Randy.
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.
Sidney Prescott:
Yeah and you are in extreme denial.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (18 months ago)

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