Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 25
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Bob Stephens
    An artificial and hypocritical effort to escape the artistic limitations of teenage slasher flicks.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 199 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 54
  2. Negative: 2 out of 54
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    The godfather movie of teenage horror movies, directed by Wes Craven. Simply a enjoyable gore thriller accompanied with popcorn and cola.
  2. Mar 2, 2012
    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 kill all, is a great story. Scream is incredible. Full Review »
  3. Apr 25, 2011
    Wes Craven is the master of the slasher genre. Scream is not only scary, it is also funny, smart, exciting, and suspenseful. Scream may be one of the best horror movies of the modern generation. Sure, some might say that others like Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street are better, but this one is smarter and more original. You should see this movie! Full Review »