Scream 3
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Wes Craven's Scream (1996) was a half-parody/half-tribute to the first wave of slasher films of the 1970s and 1980s, and since most of them spawned a large number of sequels, it's only appropriate that Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson produced a third installment of their Scream franchise. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), traumatized by the brutal murders of her friends, has left her hometown of Woodsboro and is working in California as a crisis intervention counselor. Meanwhile, "Stab," the novel by Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox Arquette), is spawning a series of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

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"Tthe movie belabors the idea that it's the last of a trilogy rather than the third in a series."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Craven has produced a poor carbon copy of his own New Nightmare."
‑ , Time Out
"Scream 3 is a fine ending to the trilogy. The teen horror franchise that ate itself."
‑ , Film4
"...a rather anticlimactic finish to a series that started out with such promise..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Missing from the third installment are many of original scribe Kevin Williamson's self-referential genre jokes and a lot of his energetic bravura."
‑ Chuck Walton, Hollywood.com
"A limp movie-within-a-movie parody that closed the trilogy with a fizzle instead of the bang it deserved."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Fulfills its modest ambitions by delivering a glib slasher spoof for the mall crowd."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Merely adheres to the very convoluted whodunit formula that it outwardly addresses via a from-the-grave video recording by Jamie Kennedy's genre know-it-all."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"An embarrassing carbon copy of its previous films..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A bad slasher movie, made by a talented man who brought hardly a one of his talents to bear."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Scream 3 is a crafty and well-crafted wrap-up that really does bring a satisfying sense of closure to the franchise."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The result is the usual fragmentary mixture of jolts and jokes, knife-wielding maniacs and red herrings."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The self-referential setup is in place, but not the ingenuity or wit to take advantage of it."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"End (hopefully) to the hit slasher saga."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"A truly tired sequel."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
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