Scream 3 (2000)
Critic Consensus: According to critics, Scream 3 has become what it originally spoofed. Despite some surprising twists, the movie seems to have lost its freshness and originality by falling back on the old horror formulas and cliches.
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Critic Reviews for Scream 3
Tthe movie belabors the idea that it's the last of a trilogy rather than the third in a series.
A limp movie-within-a-movie parody that closed the trilogy with a fizzle instead of the bang it deserved.
Scream 3 is a crafty and well-crafted wrap-up that really does bring a satisfying sense of closure to the franchise.
Ultimately, this is the question: How often can you send up the same thing? By a series' third film, you should actually care about characters. It's hard, though, when the odds are that everyone's either a killer or a goner.
Audience Reviews for Scream 3
With the third installment the series is finally closer to a parody than a real horror film. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of kills here, maybe even more than in the other films before. But they feel a little more forced and sometimes the silliness of it all takes some of the suspense away. Still, overall very entertaining and with a pretty funny close connection to Jay and Silent Bob strike back. The fans will know what I mean.
The conclusion of the "trilogy" is this unimaginative installment that relies too much on cheap scares followed by a deafening chord and is too witless to know how to play with the clichés of the genre as the first movie - and it comes up with a ridiculous, illogical revelation in the end.
Detective Wallace: This is great! Ten more murders and we can publish a calendar. "Someone has taken their love for trilogies one step too far." Scream 3 is an obvious and sad step down from the greatness of the first two movies. Still, it's better than about 90% of slashers out there, especially when franchises get deeper into their runs. Williamson not writing the script hurt the movie most, but it's still his story, so at least he is there in some way. The film is still very tongue in cheek and relies on humor, as a way to parody the genre. I'll admit that, even me, someone who likes this movie, can see why a lot of people don't. Especially given that the first two were instant classics. Describing a plot for a movie like this is kind of a waste of time, especially when it's pretty much the exact same plot as the first two. This time however the killing isn't going on in Woodsboro, but in Hollywood, where Stab 3 is being made. There's a lot of Hollywood humor thrown into the movie and in a way Craven makes some good references to what Hollywood really is, but it's still vastly inferior to his previous commentaries. The cast is pretty good with a lot of returning faces and some new ones including Parker Posey, Emily Mortimer, Scott Foley, and Patrick Warburton. The movie has its problems, but that is normal for the genre. It's just more disappointing because the first two were so good. Had Scream and Scream 2 never been made and a movie of this quality came out, we would probably view it in a different light. That's the hardship of success though. When you do great, more is expected from you. Overall, I still enjoy this movie every time I see it. Did I expect more from it the first time I watched it? Yeah, but I've come to respect it for what it is. It's not a genre changing film like the first two were. It's just an add on for the people that really love the Scream franchise. Scream 4 was more of the same. So in the end, this franchise is still the best slasher franchise out there from start to finish in my eyes. Although it helps that most of them suck right from the get go.
Scream 3 Quotes
|Gale Weathers:||I've got an idea, I'll hook up with you guys later.|
|Riley:||Do you want us to come with you?|
|Gale Weathers:||I work better alone. Why don't you try to find out where those other pictures were taken?|
|Sidney Prescott:||I can see nothing's changed.|
|Roman Bridger:||You follow directions well Sidney. Now, welcome to the final act!|
|Dewey Riley:||So you know Sidney Prescott's mother?|