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The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly, nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody... Sidney, the quiet high school beauty with an ugly past... Billy, her faithful boyfriend with a frustrated sex life... Tatum, her cute best friend with a answer for everything... Casey, the lovely blonde who knows her thrillers... Geeky Randy, the scary movie fanatic... Stuart, the wild partier... Gale, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By the time Scream arrives at its final twist, Craven has done too many contortions of his own to give the finale much shock value."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Scream may be a cut above the gore fests that line the dimly lit back wall at your video store, but it is a far cry from genre classics like Halloween or Craven's own Nightmare On Elm Street."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"The movie contains the usual stock horror characters, but they are supplied with dialogue, often surprisingly smart and funny, that serves as a running, biting commentary on slasher conventions."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Remains a highly polished piece of meta-slasher mayhem."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Graphic mystery-homage to teen-slasher movies."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The picture is so full of cross-references, self-mockery and movies within movies (including a stalking that's recorded on video) that it can't help turning into a precious two-hour in-joke."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The pic's chills are top-notch, but its underlying mockish tone won't please die-hard fans."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"The movie's only wrinkle is that it is, in a crude fashion, post-modernist. Pardon me while I alert the media."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"...a fun, well-paced slasher..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Once all pretense and self-congratulatory winks to the audience have finished, the climax pretty much goes on auto-drive relying on the basic slasher fare..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Scream builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied. Here's one of the year's better thrillers."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"The assumption that there's something inherently clever about a slasher movie making reference to both its genre and the filmmaking process is a fundamental flaw of this tiresome, blood-filled comedy."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"It is a fright film that takes elements from classics that evoked the screamin' meemies and reinvents melodramatic applications offering a new spin to slice-and-dice antics. Gallows humor runs rampant, too."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Maybe not the first metamovie, but certainly the one that popularized the genre."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Self-knowing badness is in fact badness; it might actually be worse than just regular old badness because it is, in addition to everything else, smug."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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