Scream 4 (2011)



Critic Consensus: The franchise is showing its age, but Scream 4 is undeniably an improvement over its predecessor, with just enough meta humor and clever kills.

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In Scream 4, Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (played by Emma Roberts) and her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell). Unfortunately Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. -- (C) Dimension
R (for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Neve Campbell
as Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox
as Gale Weathers-Riley
David Arquette
as Dewey Riley
Emma Roberts
as Jill Roberts
Hayden Panettiere
as Kirby Reed
Rory Culkin
as Charlie Walker
Anthony Anderson
as Deputy Perkins
Adam Brody
as Deputy Hoss
Mary McDonnell
as Kate Roberts
Marley Shelton
as Deputy Judy Hicks
Nico Tortorella
as Trevor Sheldon
Marielle Jaffe
as Olivia Morris
Anna Paquin
as Rachel
Lucy Hale
as Sherrie
Lucy Kate Hale
as Sherrie
Shenae Grimes
as Trudie
Aimee Teegarden
as Jenny Randall
Britt Robertson
as Marnie Cooper
Erik Knudsen
as Robbie Mercer
Dane Farwell
as Ghostface
Alison Brie
as Rebecca Walters
Gordon Michaels
as Deputy Jenkins
John Lepard
as Mr. Baker
Justin Brandt
as Film Geek
Alex Punch
as Cocky Student
Nancy O'Dell
as TV Host
Julia Ho
as Reporter #1
Kim Adams
as Reporter #2
Devin Scillian
as Reporter #3
Glenda Lewis
as Reporter #4
William Spencer
as Reporter #5
Tim Doty
as Reporter #6
Peter Carey
as Reporter #7
Roger Jackson
as The Voice
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Critic Reviews for Scream 4

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (38)

"Scream 4" lacks the qualities that would make it a masterpiece, but it testifies to the cyclical nature of commercial storytelling in sharp, nearly timeless fashion.

April 19, 2011
Top Critic

Scream's brand of horror, which lampooned the slasher genre while simultaneously embracing it, was fun and breezy in 1996. In 2011, it's about as fresh as the whiff of something stale and rank from a crypt.

Full Review… | April 17, 2011
Top Critic

Craven guides us expertly down a series of blind, bloody alleys, a journey that's more pleasurable than frustrating. On account of his steady hand, the last act is as good as could be expected: skillfully conceived and entertaining in its preposterousness

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
Top Critic

Scream 4 is a total hoot. Assuming you can find the humor in knife stabbings.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Compared with so many of the rebooted slasher flicks, Scream 4 remains a cut above. No, that is not an intended pun.

April 15, 2011
Denver Post
Top Critic

On its own terms, Scre4m is pretty good.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
TIME Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Scream 4


There was a great opportunity for the meta element here, considering the changes in horror movies along the past ten years, but this useless reboot is never original and basically redoes the same slasher of fifteen years ago. Besides, the only actor who is actually good is Hayden Panettiere.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A lot has changed since the original 1996 "Scream," and this fourth installment in the franchise is apt to point every one of those changes out time and again. Original director Wes Craven and original screenwriter Kevin Williamson come back for more, and do so with the willingness of an entirely new cast and the old one, an unprecedented feat seeing as how the last film was made eleven years prior. The original film celebrated the diverse inclinations of the horror genre, while also poking fun at it thanks to veteran director Craven helming the vehicle. What was great about the original was that it knew what it was (Meta) and nearly broke the fourth wall time and again by addressing itself over and over. More than its cheekiness though was that "Scream" simply was an amazing horror movie: it utilized new technologies for ingenious kills, had two manic and yet unsuspecting killers, and had thoughtfully written and entertaining characters. This sequel does willingly give itself make to Meta, and with gusto, bringing in an entirely new cast to replace the archetypes of the original and jumpstarting the original's breadth of knowledge on horror films. The horror film obsessed generation that we're introduced to in this version though are not enjoyably familiar, only agitating and crass. The original cast, in conjunction, only mirrors some of their more prominent characteristics, including Gale's tenacity, Dewey's slovenly ineptitude, and Sidney's propensity for being a victim. The film does not reboot itself, does not do much that's new in the way of kills, and doesn't distract from two killers, only makes us wait until they're eventually unmasked. I will say that the ending, with its distractions and climactic turns, was unprecedented and did something many reboots are too cowardly to do. That's what's great about the "Scream" franchise, and after the bitter taste of the third, this is a great retelling of an age old story. Though I don't think it's an unnecessary sequel, I do agree with a quote from the last moments of the film: "You forgot the first rule of remakes. Don't fuck with the original!"

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

If Kevin McCallister were in Scream franchise, the Ghostface killer was already in prison.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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