Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
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  1. Reviewed by: Spencer H. Abbott
    100
    Wes Craven continues to explore (and blur) the lines between reelity and reality with his latest, and perhaps best, cinematic slice of horror.
  2. 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."
  3. 90
    Craven's other accomplishment here, besides resuscitating the genre, is the way he keeps things scary even when they're at their funniest. The grand finale, while thoroughly bloody and tense, has some genuinely hilarious shtick.
  4. It's sensational in both senses of the word: a bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures that's also scary and gruesome yet too swift-moving to lapse into morbidity.
  5. 90
    Finely crafted, tense, scary thriller from start to finish.
  6. 90
    A meta-horror film that hilariously parodies the genre's clichés with smarts to spare. It's also the scariest fucking movie Craven has made since the first "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    80
    Deftly mixes irony, self-reference and wry social commentary with chills and blood spills.
  8. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    80
    Craven creates his savviest and most frightening movie since the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" by spoofing the horror cliches and simultaneously reinventing them to scare you all over again.
  9. 78
    Craven is obviously having a ball here, and it's impossible not to sit back and go grinning into this dark, gory ride.
  10. 75
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    Builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied.
  12. 75
    Scream is a rarity: a horror movie spoof that succeeds almost as well at provoking scares as laughs.
  13. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    70
    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.
  14. 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.
  15. 63
    Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. [20 December 1996, Friday, p.J]
  16. 63
    While Scream has its frights, it feels more like one of those solve-the-mystery jigsaw puzzles than a real movie.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 249 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 56
  2. Negative: 2 out of 56
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    10
    An excellent film. The story of Scream is really good, with much scare moments, because is not the tipic slasher film of an assassin that killAn excellent film. The story of Scream is really good, with much scare moments, because is not the tipic slasher film of an assassin that kill all, is a great story. Scream is incredible. Full Review »
  2. Nov 14, 2010
    10
    If you are going to survive a horror film there are rules one must abide (1. You can never have sex, (2. You can never drink or do drugsIf you are going to survive a horror film there are rules one must abide (1. You can never have sex, (2. You can never drink or do drugs (you will be too out of it to escape the killers rampage), (3. Never under any circumstances say, â Full Review »
  3. May 5, 2014
    10
    A horror master Wes Craven gives us scream which takes you on a roller coaster full of horror and gives you a popcorn and soda .A horror master Wes Craven gives us scream which takes you on a roller coaster full of horror and gives you a popcorn and soda . Amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzinnnnggggggggggggggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. grade A+ Full Review »