Scream: Season 1 Reviews

August 23, 2019
Partly due to formal inefficiency, partly due to an uneven focus, very little of the first episode of Scream works.
August 22, 2019
The writers try to copy the conceit of the original Scream, a horror movie built on droll horror-movie references. But the efforts are often clumsy, flagged with a wink-winking that deadens the gimmick.
August 22, 2019
This show does what it is designed to do. It gives you cheap thrills, introduces some very attractive characters, and makes you wonder who exactly is killing all of these nice (read: really, really mean) teenagers
September 2, 2015
An incredibly MTV-in-2015 way to unravel a mystery: ridiculous, meme-obsessed, self-mocking, and fun if you don't think about it too much. Which basically sums up the first season of the network's Scream.
July 6, 2015
MTV's television series based on the popular franchise has the same exact archly self-aware tone, but the novelty is long gone, and what we're left with is pointless homage.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 2, 2015
If you just know the plot of the original Scream, just take that and strip it to its most basic, generic parts until you get this.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
June 30, 2015
Right from the first scene there's a unique energy to the piece. It doesn't feel like a knock-off or a cheap tie-in. It's a horror movie in weekly series form.
June 30, 2015
Luxe environments mixed with bitchy teen entitlement and karmic vengeance drive Scream beyond its slasher-exploitation film genesis to a stylish metaphor about a new generation's excesses and mean-girl cruelty.
June 30, 2015
I will not be sticking around, as a matter of taste; but I will not be standing in your way.
June 30, 2015
MTV is wrong when it says, "You can't do a slasher film as a TV series." What they should have said is, "We can't do it, but someone could."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 29, 2015
Once the foul deed happens, though, Scream, perhaps out of necessity, shifts to a more conventional teen-drama mode, introducing an assortment of characters, most of whom, one suspects, should be prepared to get shish-kebabbed before it's all over.
June 29, 2015
You gotta like any high school drama that starts with the mean girl getting stalked and stabbed to death beside her swimming pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
June 29, 2015
Scream is exactly what you'd expect. It may also be exactly what you want.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 29, 2015
The show is moderately fun and scary, but it largely settles for poking fun at the same clichés that were covered in the movies, giving us a little nostalgia along with the grins and goose bumps.
June 29, 2015
If the series is going to continue as a high school drama that every so often is interrupted by a literal stab to the gut, then the stories need to be much more compelling and the performers much less central casting bland.
June 29, 2015
If you really love Scream, go for it. But if you miss it, it's not going to kill you.
June 29, 2015
The series feels tired from the start, a wan attempt to send chills up our spines for the summer.
June 26, 2015
Even for MTV's young target audience, the characters in Scream are remarkably empty and bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 26, 2015
In short, what Scream really wants to be is Bates Motel. That's not the worst ambition, but without the presence of a Vera Farmiga-level actor-or a character worthy of such a talent-it may be doomed.
Full Review | Original Score: B-