Metascore
65

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
    25
    An artificial and hypocritical effort to escape the artistic limitations of teenage slasher flicks.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 50
  2. Negative: 2 out of 50
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    8
    The godfather movie of teenage horror movies, directed by Wes Craven. Simply a enjoyable gore thriller accompanied with popcorn and cola.
  2. Dec 23, 2011
    8
    Scream makes you scream, it makes you laugh, and it keeps your eyes on the screen. And it has an amazing beginning scene. I give this movie 80%. Yeah Wes Craven great job. Full Review »
  3. AndrewS.
    Apr 11, 2006
    10
    Quite simply one of the best horror films. Its funny, scary and awesome. Matthew Lilard is definitely the best character.