Scream 4 Reviews

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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 4 is fun, but more clever-clever than fiendishly ingenious.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
April 15, 2011
Not even the smug irony endures -- it's hard to congratulate yourself for being in on a stale joke.
April 15, 2011
"Scream" always made fun of itself even as it was frightening us - and that hasn't changed a bit.
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.
April 15, 2011
The problem is, the movie doesn't really care if we are laughing with it or at it.
April 15, 2011
The body count is high, as is Craven's determination to make us smile occasionally as the blood spurts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 14, 2011
The meta-nature of this film's constant self analysis makes it impossible to suspend disbelief, but Craven relies on this, harvesting laughs and gasps in equal measure.
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.
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