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Scream 4 Reviews

April 19, 2011
"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 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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April 15, 2011
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
April 15, 2011
Scream 4 is a total hoot. Assuming you can find the humor in knife stabbings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 15, 2011
Compared with so many of the rebooted slasher flicks, Scream 4 remains a cut above. No, that is not an intended pun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2011
On its own terms, Scre4m is pretty good.
April 15, 2011
A perfectly acceptable Friday night, Scream 4 delivers plenty of scares without consequences, murder without depth, and a flood of legacy laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 15, 2011
Between a diabolically funny start and a surprise climax, Scream 4 offers nothing more than a series of gory deaths that grow tiresome with repetition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2011
Not even the smug irony endures -- it's hard to congratulate yourself for being in on a stale joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 15, 2011
"Scream" always made fun of itself even as it was frightening us - and that hasn't changed a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2011
Relying on obvious clichés doesn't seem ironic anymore, just easy. And though there are several genuine jolts, poor pacing leaves too much time between the silliness and scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 15, 2011
The problem is, the movie doesn't really care if we are laughing with it or at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 15, 2011
The "Scream 4" (I refuse to write it the other way anymore) drinking game: Take a slug every time someone on-screen remarks how meta it all is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2011
Like its predecessors, "Scream 4" replaces the values of storytelling and suspense with the value of being in on the joke. Unfortunately, in the 11 years since "Scream 3," the joke has gotten pretty old.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 14, 2011
The filmmakers' subtext - at least in the movie's first quarter - seems to acknowledge that you can't top the original. And they didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2011
"Scream 4" is a strange concoction, clever and self-knowing in the extreme and yet operating in primal ways that bypass wit. Something about it feels very modern.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2011
Though director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson don't quite generate the lightning-in-a-bottle energy that made their first Scream movie a hit, they manage to awaken a 15-year-old slasher franchise that has been dormant for a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 14, 2011
This is quite effective as horror filmmaking and more pungent than anything [Craven's] done in a while.
April 14, 2011
"Scream 4" finds a way to live up to its gory past while it carves out new terrors in new ways (new media helps).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 14, 2011
Fifteen years in, the series now looks more than ever like a Möbius strip that reflects on itself in a perpetual loop. But meta-arbitrary is still arbitrary.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 14, 2011
The sardonic laughs are mostly gone in this wheezing cash cow and the cries don't resonate. The greatest shocks are the ones facing the now middle-aged main actors when they look into the mirror.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2011
Craven no longer appears to be directing a cast of characters. Collectively, they're a knife block.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2011
Retaining all the elements introduced in the 1996 original -- gut-clenching tension, sharp whodunit plotting, self-aware humor and a sympathetic core cast -- it advances the story to a new-media era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 14, 2011
For genre geeks, this can be fun - although nothing in Scream 4 is quite as clever as the filmmakers seem to think it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 14, 2011
The actors do what they can in a film that doesn't care about human insights. The characters are almost preternatural in their detachment; if you were embedded in events like these, wouldn't you be paralyzed with panic?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2011
Bloody entertaining.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
April 14, 2011
It's funny and scary at the same time, and fans will "Scream" with approval.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2011
It's almost really cool, without quite being really cool.
April 14, 2011
You'll watch it to see a horror movie that has a sense of humor about itself. For "Scream" franchise fans, or for those who like their horror not too horrific, that's enough.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2011
It's not a disgrace -- indeed, it's not bad if you like that sort of thing -- while not particularly good, and yet it's one of the better horror films I've seen in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 13, 2011
Against all odds, Scream 4 proves that sometimes you can go home again.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2011
Honestly, it's not an unwelcome thing to watch the return of Neve Campbell as the slasher victim who wouldn't die, Courtney Cox as the tabloid hack in bloodlust for a story and David Arquette as the bumbling Barney Fife of fright-flick cops.
April 13, 2011
The film very quickly, and tediously, becomes more of the same old and Craven thing -- self-referential film buff gags accompanied by a clockwork killing spree that seriously reduces the population of a small town.
April 13, 2011
It's a giddy reminder of everything that made Scream such a fresh scream in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 13, 2011
Overblown, overlong and overstuffed with genre self-referentialism, yet undercooked in terms of credibility, worthwhile new characters and memorable scares, it's not the razor-sharp reboot fans were hoping for.
April 13, 2011
There is some fun here, but ultimately it's more self-satisfied than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 13, 2011
It's a professionally polished package -- cinematographer Peter Deming frames the carnage beautifully in widescreen -- but don't go in expecting scares so much as laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 12, 2011
The unengaged and overlong fourth Scream plops its self-awareness on a new generation, who must endure a late-'90s flashback that's aged as well as the Nu-metal songbook.