Scream 3 Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
September 7, 2011
Tthe movie belabors the idea that it's the last of a trilogy rather than the third in a series.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
March 24, 2011
A limp movie-within-a-movie parody that closed the trilogy with a fizzle instead of the bang it deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 26, 2009
Scream 3 is a crafty and well-crafted wrap-up that really does bring a satisfying sense of closure to the franchise.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Craven has produced a poor carbon copy of his own New Nightmare.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 18, 2002
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Fulfills its modest ambitions by delivering a glib slasher spoof for the mall crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
The result is the usual fragmentary mixture of jolts and jokes, knife-wielding maniacs and red herrings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Despite the various surprise cameos and cute twists, it takes itself too seriously and adheres too strictly to its formula to avoid becoming what it parodies.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, there's nothing here that even the most inexperienced horror film fan would call innovative, and the predictable result is a movie that pales in comparison with its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Logic, motivation, suspense -- anything that might make the film frightening or resonant-is buried under Dolby blams, medulla-shaming dialogue, and a rain of overdubbed hunting-knife schwings that grate like a 3 a.m. car alarm.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Holds up the honor of the franchise nicely.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A frightfully good job.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An unending string of bloopers, starring nubile, buxom and possibly anorexic stars.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Funny and brisk.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
You're bound to scream -- perhaps real loud -- but it may be out of impatient dismay as much as Pavlovian reaction.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Scream 3 is full of surprises . . . it's surprisingly long, surprisingly dull and surprisingly stupid.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Isn't that good.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
[Wraps] up the trilogy in satisfying fashion.
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Gemma Files
Film.com
January 1, 2000
New-kid-on-the-block screenwriter Ethan Kruger acquits himself admirably in filling tapped-out creator Kevin Williamson's big, black boots.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
What began as mildly entertaining reflexivity has degenerated into a mindless barrage of illogical hooey, herrings as red as stop signs, cardboard characters, tepid jokes about movies as life, etc.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Overly convoluted.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Genuinely scary and also highly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
A lame retread.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The only thing the movie kills with any decisiveness is your time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If Scream was like a funny joke, Scream 2 was like somebody telling you, 'here's how I heard that joke,' and Scream 3 is like somebody who won't believe you've already heard it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4