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Scream 3 (2000)

Scream 3


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 40
Rotten: 71

Critics Consensus: According to critics, Scream 3 has become what it originally spoofed. Despite some surprising twists, the movie seems to have lost its freshness and originality by falling back on the old horror formulas and cliches.

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: According to critics, Scream 3 has become what it originally spoofed. Despite some surprising twists, the movie seems to have lost its freshness and originality by falling back on the old horror formulas and cliches.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 403,236


Movie Info

In the third and final episode of the Scream trilogy, Sidney realizes that she can no longer escape her past. Inspired by horror movies, the killer once again returns, but this time all trilogy rules are broken.

R (for strong horror violence and language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Ehren Kruger , Laeta Kalogridis
In Theaters:
Jul 4, 2000
Dimension Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Scream 3

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (71) | DVD (24)

Tthe movie belabors the idea that it's the last of a trilogy rather than the third in a series.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A limp movie-within-a-movie parody that closed the trilogy with a fizzle instead of the bang it deserved.

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

Scream 3 is a crafty and well-crafted wrap-up that really does bring a satisfying sense of closure to the franchise.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Craven has produced a poor carbon copy of his own New Nightmare.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Fulfills its modest ambitions by delivering a glib slasher spoof for the mall crowd.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The result is the usual fragmentary mixture of jolts and jokes, knife-wielding maniacs and red herrings.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Scream 3 is a fine ending to the trilogy. The teen horror franchise that ate itself.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011

Merely adheres to the very convoluted whodunit formula that it outwardly addresses via a from-the-grave video recording by Jamie Kennedy's genre know-it-all.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
Lessons of Darkness

The self-referential setup is in place, but not the ingenuity or wit to take advantage of it.

Full Review… | April 13, 2011

...a rather anticlimactic finish to a series that started out with such promise...

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

An embarrassing carbon copy of its previous films...

Full Review… | March 19, 2011
Cinema Crazed

End (hopefully) to the hit slasher saga.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Missing from the third installment are many of original scribe Kevin Williamson's self-referential genre jokes and a lot of his energetic bravura.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009

A bad slasher movie, made by a talented man who brought hardly a one of his talents to bear.

Full Review… | August 10, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

A truly tired sequel.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

The other Scream films were also tricky and convoluted, but I don't remember them playing like the WB version of Murder, She Wrote, as Scream 3 too often does.

Full Review… | August 18, 2007

There is nothing particularly clever to make all the bloodshed -- and time spent in the theater -- worth it.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

I hope to forget about this one's existence quickly. It pains me to think of a superb franchise hitting relative rock bottom.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003
Film Blather

Wes Craven should have quit when he was ahead.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

A pretty funny gore-fest that delivers the goods with a few new twists.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

The new movie strays pretty far from the original idea -- that the Scream characters are horror-movie savvy.

Full Review… | November 22, 2002
Combustible Celluloid

Just a blur of blood and guts -- exactly the type of dreary mayhem that Scream was born to demolish.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

Audience Reviews for Scream 3

The conclusion of the "trilogy" is this unimaginative installment that relies too much on cheap scares followed by a deafening chord and is too witless to know how to play with the clichés of the genre as the first movie - and it comes up with a ridiculous, illogical revelation in the end.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Detective Wallace: This is great! Ten more murders and we can publish a calendar. 

"Someone has taken their love for trilogies one step too far."

Scream 3 is an obvious and sad step down from the greatness of the first two movies. Still, it's better than about 90% of slashers out there, especially when franchises get deeper into their runs. Williamson not writing the script hurt the movie most, but it's still his story, so at least he is there in some way. The film is still very tongue in cheek and relies on humor,  as a way to parody the genre. I'll admit that, even me, someone who likes this movie, can see why a lot of people don't. Especially given that the first two were instant classics. 

Describing a plot for a movie like this is kind of a waste of time, especially when it's pretty much the exact same plot as the first two. This time however the killing isn't going on in Woodsboro, but in Hollywood, where Stab 3 is being made. There's a lot of Hollywood humor thrown into the movie and in a way Craven makes some good references to what Hollywood really is, but it's still vastly inferior to his previous commentaries.

The cast is pretty good with a lot of returning faces and some new ones including Parker Posey, Emily Mortimer, Scott Foley, and Patrick Warburton. The movie has its problems, but that is normal for the genre. It's just more disappointing because the first two were so good. Had Scream and Scream 2 never been made and a movie of this quality came out, we would probably view it in a different light. That's the hardship of success though. When you do great, more is expected from you.

Overall, I still enjoy this movie every time I see it. Did I expect more from it the first time I watched it? Yeah, but I've come to respect it for what it is. It's not a genre changing film like the first two were. It's just an add on for the people that really love the Scream franchise. Scream 4 was more of the same. So in the end, this franchise is still the best slasher franchise out there from start to finish in my eyes. Although it helps that most of them suck right from the get go.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

A shoddy, unnecessary sequel to an overall impressive series concerning horror films and their construction, this time dealing with the production aspect of it where Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is drawn back into a sadistic killer's cross-hairs yet again. The thing that made the 'Scream' movies so enjoyable was its self-referential sense of humor. Unlike the first two installments, this one really does not contain any of that and instead sprints ahead into exactly the kinds of movies it is supposed to be making fun of. Not very memorable performances from anyone, and a lot of predictability that makes it boring after awhile. A real disappointment considering the fact that "Scream 2" was arguably better than "Scream", so the creators of these films definitely showed they had the potential to get better as they went along. This is not the case.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


With the success of the Scream series, the powers that be decided to make the film into a trilogy (for the time being anyway) and bring Wes Craven back to close out the series with a bang. Unfortunately, this is likely the least film of the entire series. What started out as a slasher film poking fun at the genre quickly descends into schlock, and feels very much like it lost touch with what its original intentions were. Scream 3 reunites Wes Craven with Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette from the first three films, but missing altogether is Kevin Williamson, the writer of the first two films. The dialogue is incredibly bad and the film is so poorly acted that it's amazing. The story also takes so many steps backwards and feels the need to dig into the first film for ideas instead of coming up with something fresh that moves the series along. I was also simultaneously laughing and pissed off at Jamie Kennedy's reappearance. I was thrilled when he was killed off in the second film, but now they have to go back and dig him up for comments about the film being the third in a trilogy. It's really hackneyed and awful. Overall, the film failed to impress or entertain me as much the previous films, and here's hoping that the fourth film can improve upon that.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Scream 3 Quotes

Roman Bridger:
You follow directions well Sidney. Now, welcome to the final act!
– Submitted by John B (3 months ago)
Dewey Riley:
So you know Sidney Prescott's mother?
John Milton:
Jennifer Jolie:
Rina Reynolds?
John Milton:
Aah. Do you know how many actors have worked for me? Hundreds. Thousands.
Gale Weathers:
We didn't say she was an actor.
Jennifer Jolie:
Good catch.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (17 months ago)
Roman Bridger:
Phone Voice: You're not going anywhere Sidney. It's time you came to terms with me, and with mother. Maybe you never knew her at all Sidney... maybe you just can't get past the surface of things.
Sidney Prescott:
Who the hell are you?
Roman Bridger:
Phone Voice: The other half of you. I searched for a mother too, an actress named "Reena Reynolds" tried to find her my whole LIFE, and four years ago I actually tracked her down. Knocked at her door thinking she'd welcome me with open arms, but she had a new life and a new name, Maureen Prescott! You were the only child she claimed Sidney. She shut me out into the cold forever! Her own son. [takes off mask to reveal he is Roman Bridger] Roman: Roman Bridger, director, and brother. She slammed the door in my face, Sid. She said I was "Reena's" child and Reena was dead... and then it struck me. What a good idea, so I watched her. I made a little movie, a little family film. Seems Maureen..."Mom"... she really got around. I mean Cotton was one thing; everybody knew about that. But Billy's father - that was the key. Your boyfriend didn't like seeing his daddy in my film too much. He didn't like it at all. And once I supplied the motivation... all the kid needed was a few pointers. Have a partner to sell out incase you got caught, find someone to frame, it was like he was making a movie.
Sidney Prescott:
You... this is all because of you.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)
Jennifer Jolie:
Gale Weathers:
What the hell are you doing?
Jennifer Jolie:
Being Gale Weathers! What are you doing?
Gale Weathers:
I *am* Gale Weathers!
Jennifer Jolie:
Here's how I see it. I've got no house, no bodyguard, no movie and I'm being stalked. Because someone wants to kill me? No, because someone wants to kill you. So, now, starting now, I go where you go. So that if someone wants to kill me, I'll be with you and since they really wanna kill you, they won't kill me, they'll kill you, make sense?
Gale Weathers:
Jennifer Jolie:
You know in the movies, I play you as being much smarter!
– Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)
Jennifer Jolie:
Oh my God Gale Weathers, listen, I know we've never met, and I don't mind your not returning my calls but after two films I feel like I am in your mind!
Gale Weathers:
Hmn, That would explain my constant headaches.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)
Dewey Riley:
Creepy Karen?
Randy Meeks:
Shut up! She's a sweet person, okay? We were working late. We were putting away some videos in the porno section, and, you know, shit happens. (shouting and knocking from the door behind him) Fifteen minutes. (it continues) Paul, fifteen minutes! I'm leaving my legacy. (it continues) Fifteen minutes, Paul! Damn! Anyway, the reason I'm here is to help you so that my death will not be in vain. That my life's work will help save some other poor soul from getting mutilated. If this killer does come back, and he's for real, there are a few things that you gotta remember. Is this simply another sequel? Well, if it is, same rules apply. But, here's the critical thing. If you find yourself dealing with an unexpected back-story, and a preponderance of exposition, then the sequel rules do not apply. Because you are not dealing with a sequel. You are dealing with the concluding chapter of a trilogy. That's right. It's a rarity in the horror field, but it does exist, and it is a force to be reckoned with. Because true trilogies are all about going back to the beginning and discovering something that wasn't true from the get-go. Godfather, Jedi, all revealed something that we thought was true that wasn't true. So if it is a trilogy you are dealing with, here are some super trilogy rules. One: you've got a killer who's gonna be superhuman. Stabbing him won't work. Shooting him won't work. Basically, in the third one, you've gotta cryogenically freeze his head, decapitate him, or blow him up. Number two: anyone, including the main character, can die. This means you, Sid. I'm sorry. It's the final chapter. It could be fucking Reservoir Dogs by the time this thing is through. Number three: the past will come back to bite you in the ass. Whatever you think you know about the past, forget it. The past is not at rest! Any sins you think were committed in the past are about to break out and destroy you. (long pause) So in closing, let me say...good luck, godspeed, and for some of you, I'll see you soon. 'Cause the rules say some of you ain't gonna make it. I didn't. Not if you're watching this tape (the video promptly ends).
– Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)

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