Scream Reviews

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December 7, 2018
No one will ever consider Wes Craven's Scream Oscar fodder, but this funny and scary little experiment in terror from the man who invented "Nightmare on Elm Street" puts some fun back into a very tired genre.
October 6, 2013
By the time Scream arrives at its final twist, Craven has done too many contortions of his own to give the finale much shock value.
October 6, 2013
The picture is so full of cross-references, self-mockery and movies within movies (including a stalking that's recorded on video) that it can't help turning into a precious two-hour in-joke.
October 6, 2013
Scream builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied. Here's one of the year's better thrillers.
October 6, 2013
Scream may be a cut above the gore fests that line the dimly lit back wall at your video store, but it is a far cry from genre classics like Halloween or Craven's own Nightmare On Elm Street.
March 24, 2011
September 21, 2007
The pic's chills are top-notch, but its underlying mockish tone won't please die-hard fans.
September 21, 2007
The assumption that there's something inherently clever about a slasher movie making reference to both its genre and the filmmaking process is a fundamental flaw of this tiresome, blood-filled comedy.
June 24, 2006
At last, a horror movie to shout about!
November 6, 2002
If the people who made Scream were half as clever as they seem to think they are, this would be a much smarter movie.
April 12, 2002
Turns slasher flicks into slapstick.
January 22, 2002
The best fright fest of the '90s.
May 30, 2001
It appeared to be clever, dangerous, witty, and fresh, but it sadly became victim to the movies it mocked, even before it had ended.
February 14, 2001
A bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures that's also scary and gruesome yet too swift-moving to lapse into morbidity.
January 1, 2000
Whatever you do, don't close your mind to such an inventive concoction. One last time, despite all your better instincts, go ahead -- open that theater door.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Craven has expressed a desire to get out of the horror business. Maybe that's why he's set out to make more than a horror movie. He's contributing to a long tradition of reflexive films, going back as far as the turn of the century.
January 1, 2000
Not even horror fans who can answer all this film's knowing trivia questions may be fully comfortable with such an exploitative mix.
January 1, 2000
While Scream has its frights, it feels more like one of those solve-the -mystery jigsaw puzzles than a real movie.
January 1, 2000
The film plays lively games with the macabre.
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