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  • Summary: Away at college, Sidney Prescott (Campbell) thought she'd finally put the shocking murders that shattered her life behind her ... until a copycat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel! Now, as history eerily repeats itself, ambitious reporter Gale Weathers (Cox), deputy DeweyAway at college, Sidney Prescott (Campbell) thought she'd finally put the shocking murders that shattered her life behind her ... until a copycat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel! Now, as history eerily repeats itself, ambitious reporter Gale Weathers (Cox), deputy Dewey (Arquette), and other SCREAM survivors find themselves trapped in a terrifyingly clever plotline where no one is safe -- or beyond suspicion! (Dimension) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. This funny, gory stab-athon is as sophisticated about the mechanics of Part 2s as the original was savvy about horror flicks.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    80
    Visceral, witty and appropriately redundant, the sequel has a winning commercial recipe that's certain to cook up excellent returns in all areas.
  3. 75
    Paradoxically, there's a lot less gore. There is blood, of course, but nothing excessive by slasher-movie standards, and there are no depictions of spilled entrails. Craven has remembered that scares are more important that graphic displays of human insides and bodily fluids.
  4. It's not as good as the original - which was fresher, funnier and scarier - but if it were, then by the criteria of the film's resident movie scholar, it wouldn't be a genuine sequel.
  5. 60
    The precredits sequence is exciting--it's the only part of the movie that even begins to use the idea of the vulnerability of a horror-movie audience reflexively. The rest of the story is a straightforward narrative that's threatening only to the ingenues in the cast.
  6. Reviewed by: Sarah Wade Hutman
    60
    For all its parodic elements, this clever 'whodunit' leaves us squirming and wincing at each slash of the killer. Prepare for a surprise and beware the person enjoying the film right next to you.
  7. 40
    This disappointing sequel to last year's horror sleeper gets trapped in the clichés it's trying to send up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Nov 3, 2014
    10
    another " Scream " movie directed by horror expert Wes Craven which is a new ride to put your self shoes in someone else's to survive thatanother " Scream " movie directed by horror expert Wes Craven which is a new ride to put your self shoes in someone else's to survive that phone call from ghost face. buy a popcorn get a snack buy a soda You my friend are in for another ride ;) . Grade A Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2010
    10
    It has been a year since the events at Woodsboro. A year since a psychotic killer went on a rampage sending a wave of fear and paranoiaIt has been a year since the events at Woodsboro. A year since a psychotic killer went on a rampage sending a wave of fear and paranoia through a once peaceful town. The hero Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has survived her ordeal but left emotionally scarred and despondent she is now attending Windsor College in Ohio with one of the survivors of the Woodsboro murders, Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) the ultimate horror movie guide who narrowly escaped with his life after his previous encounter with Ghostface. Sidney and Randy are just trying to get on with there lives and put the past behind them trying to forget the painful memories of those that they lost a year ago. But the past never stays dead and nor does a killer as it is seems someone has taken up the mantle of the Ghostface killer once again and is seeking revenge on the survivors of the Woodsboro killings. Could it be the killer come back to life? Alternatively, is it someone else who has once again taken there love of scary movies one-step too far? "Scream 2" starts off with slam bang opening a young African American couple(Omar Epps and Jada Pinkett Smith) are brutally murdered at the premiere of the new slasher flick "STAB" and it seems that someone has taken up the mantle of Ghostface once again. This slam bang, home run sequel from Director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson is in a rare group, it is a sequel that is more intelligent, far more brutal, and hilarious the groundbreaking original. â Expand
  3. Nov 1, 2012
    10
    In my opinion, "Scream 2" is even better than the first. It's funnier, scarier, and a lot more confident. Featuring even more memorableIn my opinion, "Scream 2" is even better than the first. It's funnier, scarier, and a lot more confident. Featuring even more memorable death scenes and dialogue that's worth talking about, every scene is delicious. The twist ending is a great homage to horror films in general, and the thrills are non-stop. Plus one for the fact that Sarah Michelle Gellar's in it. Expand
  4. Mar 11, 2015
    8
    Even if when a horror film starts creating sequels, you know it will be more about the gore and the kills than the story. Thankfully withEven if when a horror film starts creating sequels, you know it will be more about the gore and the kills than the story. Thankfully with Scream 2- the story is good enough, the acting is linear, and the kills more scary.
    It's take is completely different from other sequels of it's genre, making the previous one world wide famous, and continuing the story in that manor.
    With this film, we are in for more tension and a good character development, where the killer of course became more smarter and learned from the past.
    The touch of Craven on this film did wonders and must be praised accordingly.
    Scream 2 is right up there with the good sequels of any genre.
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  5. Jun 20, 2013
    7
    It's good, but, it's characters are a little less memorable than the first, and, certain parts of the ending felt a little forced. StillIt's good, but, it's characters are a little less memorable than the first, and, certain parts of the ending felt a little forced. Still definitely worth checking out, especially if you were a big fan of the first movie. Expand
  6. Dec 23, 2011
    6
    A lot weaker than the first because a lot of times the whole plot seems silly, but the movie still is quite scary, with its odd but coolA lot weaker than the first because a lot of times the whole plot seems silly, but the movie still is quite scary, with its odd but cool beginning. I give this movie 63% of a good movie. Expand
  7. Dec 17, 2011
    4
    is another film in the Scream series of fear nothing, except that unlike the first film that is not as good as the first, the two villains ofis another film in the Scream series of fear nothing, except that unlike the first film that is not as good as the first, the two villains of the film are terrible actors, but the other actors are good especially who plays Gale Expand

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