75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The film isn't as concerned with terrifying you as it is with showing you a good time, culminating with an over-the-top climax that is simultaneously utterly ridiculous and enjoyable.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Some of the riffs are really funny and/or expertly scary. Others have the feel of awfully snappy dialogue crafted by middleaged people trying a little too eagerly to sound like the young people from whose mouths the banter flows.
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65

Movieline

It would have a very good shot at being entertaining were it not so outwardly concerned with being important.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
For genre geeks, this can be fun - although nothing in Scream 4 is quite as clever as the filmmakers seem to think it is.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The generational mix of actors works well enough, although Campbell too often seems stranded with little to do until the climax.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Scream 4 has a smart beginning, featuring Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell, and one well-delivered line at the end that would have brought down the house in a better movie.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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. The rating is a hard R, but Craven and Williamson keep it soft at its core. "Scream 1" is still the only keeper.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's hard to sustain that cheeky meta humor, and the film seems to just give in and join its slasher brethren, devolving into a string of gruesome, but unoriginal, slayings.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
After a promising start that uses Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell to perfection, they settle into their old stomping grounds as if they'd never left - and that turns out to be a letdown.
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52 out of 100
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