91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A deft, funny, shrewdly unsettling tribute to such slasher-exploitation thrillers as "Terror Train," "New Year's Evil," and Craven's own "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
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75

New York Daily News

Builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Scream is a rarity: a horror movie spoof that succeeds almost as well at provoking scares as laughs.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
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.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. [20 December 1996, Friday, p.J]
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63

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
While Scream has its frights, it feels more like one of those solve-the-mystery jigsaw puzzles than a real movie.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Wicked fun with flickers of intelligence.
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25

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
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.
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25

San Francisco Examiner

An artificial and hypocritical effort to escape the artistic limitations of teenage slasher flicks.
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65 out of 100
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