Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
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  1. It's killer, dude! [17 October 1997, p. 52]
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    70
    Another Kevin Williamson triumph, a smart, sharply drawn genre film with a moral center and a solid cast of young actors to hold it.
  3. There's no doubting that Williamson is a man who knows and loves his genre, and all the scary, screaming, sniggering fun continues here.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    A polished genre piece with superior fright elements.
  5. 67
    Despite an inordinately complicated third-act resolution, it's head-and-shoulders above most so-called suspense films.
  6. The story has more holes than the bodies do, but the shocks are efficient, and Party of Five's Jennifer Love Hewitt knows how to scream with soul.
  7. Reviewed by: Darren Bignell
    60
    Proves that nouveau horror is alive and kicking hard.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Garden
    60
    The characters are never really more than stereotypes (the brain, the beauty, the dreamer, the jock), but as the body count begins to mount, you feel their terror build.
  9. Though it flies in the face of credibility and becomes downright silly by its end, I Know What You Did Last Summer knows its way around the rules of the popular horror-film genre.
  10. 50
    It has an interesting subtext. I'm referring to the way the lives and friendships of these four individuals crumble in the wake of their accident.
  11. Competent but uninspired thriller.
  12. The screenplay by Kevin Williamson ("Scream") keeps the lighting low and the tension high, though a bit more wit would have helped.
  13. Reviewed by: B.J. Sigesmund
    50
    The main problem is the script, which has a few scares but little smarts.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Predictably, the derivative title here is a jumping-off point for another derivative slasher-revenge pic. [17 October 1997, p.5D]
  15. 40
    The youngsters all turn in game performances, but the standout is Anne Heche, whose weird Missy Egan is pure Mimsy Farmer at maximum twitch.
  16. 30
    Writer Kevin Williamson, who's also responsible for the overrated "Scream," sets cleverness above emotional impact in a poorly conceived 1997 thriller with plenty of empty references.
  17. 25
    The best shot in this film is the first one. Not a good sign.
User Score
3.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Dec 23, 2011
    2
    Weak on performances, weak on thrills, weak on dialogue and it isn't even unintentionally funny. Wow this movie has the right to be made funWeak on performances, weak on thrills, weak on dialogue and it isn't even unintentionally funny. Wow this movie has the right to be made fun of. I give this awful movie 18% of a good movie. Full Review »
  2. nbc
    Jun 23, 2011
    9
    I have to say, I liked I Know What You Did Last Summer even better than Scream. It was one of those "at the edge of your seat" thrillers withI have to say, I liked I Know What You Did Last Summer even better than Scream. It was one of those "at the edge of your seat" thrillers with plenty of jumps, scares, and surprises. Sarah Michelle Gellar makes you like the movie maybe more than you should, but that's fine by me. Full Review »
  3. Jan 5, 2014
    5
    Creating the kind of horror movie genre satire that the Scream movies did so well, "Summer" does it so much weaker and with less fun. TheCreating the kind of horror movie genre satire that the Scream movies did so well, "Summer" does it so much weaker and with less fun. The movie is very blasé, and I found myself bored while watching it. Jennifer Love Hewitt does nothing to the character, and all the other performances are banal as well. Full Review »