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Based on 25 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Wicked fun with flickers of intelligence. show more

  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    While Scream has its frights, it feels more like one of those solve-the-mystery jigsaw puzzles than a real movie. show more

  • 75
    New York Daily News

    Builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What did I think about this movie? As a film critic, I liked it. I liked the in-jokes and the self-aware characters. At the same time, I was aware of the incredible level of gore in this film. It is really violent. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Scream is a rarity: a horror movie spoof that succeeds almost as well at provoking scares as laughs. show more

  • 63
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. [20 December 1996, Friday, p.J] show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    May not be the most scary or the grossest horror film you've ever seen, but it has one distinct feature: it actually talks up to the audience. By the conclusion, you won't be shaking in your seat, but you may enjoy the status of someone who has earned a Master's in Slashology. show more

  • 25
    San Francisco Examiner

    An artificial and hypocritical effort to escape the artistic limitations of teenage slasher flicks. show more

  • 25
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    Indeed, Scream is better than the average slasher film, as its advertisers insist. And, indeed, it is probably Wes Craven's best film, as they also insist. But that is a little like saying the pimple on the left side of your nose is "better" than the pimple on the right side. show more

  • 70
    Frank Lovece TV Guide

    Compared with most of what passes for scary movies these days, this is golden: It's not stupid, it's not wussy and it pulls off a couple of pretty nasty jolts. show more

  • May 18, 2011 nw00000000090908
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    I Liked It!!!

  • February 22, 2011 Yoshinaruto
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    A great classic film. One of my favorites.

  • August 26, 2010 anthony13oneal97
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    i love the scream series!now theyre making a 4th "scre4m"

  • July 24, 2010 shippo9817
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    i hate it scream.

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