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Scary Movie Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
July 13, 2015
I laughed some at Scary Movie, but I came away from it feeling dirty.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 5, 2013
mindless fun
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Beth Pratt
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
This movie will only frighten you with its crudeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
January 7, 2010
Ends up being less funny than its primary target, the already-self-satirizing Scream series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Biodrowski
July 4, 2008
The appeal seems to lie less in laughter than in respect for the filmmakers' irreverence as viewers sit back and think, "I can't believe they showed that!"
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
If you're hoping to forget your troubles for 90 minutes, Scary Movie certainly does the job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 6, 2005
Does its spoofing with a blunt instrument instead of a scalpel, and it's engineered to appeal to the lowest instincts of its targeted adolescent audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Scary Movie's humor is definitely in the gutter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
The humor in this movie is based on the concept that if enough jokes are fired off in a row, some of them will make you laugh. The concept works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 10, 2003
The kind of thing that leads to sleepless nights -- from severely bruised rib cages.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Scary Movie is a sporadically hilarious parody of teen horror movies that too frequently seems half-baked.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christina Ziegler-McPherson
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Make no mistake -- this one is lowbrow comedy all the way.
| Original Score: 2/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
[The Wayans'] approach, incorporating the crude humor that has become so popular of late, generates an unfortunate digression from the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
The air of desperation is emphasised by the insistence on padding out horror-movie gags with crude Farrelly-style humour.
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
This is Dumb American Comedy at its best and well worth 90 minutes of your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Scary Movie is sporadically hilarious, and worth seeing for that...
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
I couldn't help wishing I were watching that obscure little children's fantasy instead. As I recall, it's a lot funnier and more frightening than Scary Movie.
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
By far director/actor Keenen Ivory Wayans' best parody effort to date, primarily because he here taps into a rejuvenated genre and is given access to broader subject matter with universal appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
There's energy and glee in the movie, as if the Wayans brothers were still little boys, desperately working to out-gross each other. Naughty little boys and girls everywhere, even those who have officially grown up, will appreciate their commitment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
One of the most appallingly hysterical movies of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: short
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