Scream 2
Scream 2 (1997)

The crafty Wes Craven follows up lastŐs yearŐs surprise hit with another supremely self-referential but satisfyingly droll thriller.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 12, 1997
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As with the first film, Scream 2 is a gleeful takedown of scary movie conventions that manages to poke fun at terrible horror sequels without falling victim to the same fate.

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

The rest of the cast of disposable archetypes deadpanned about why ''sequels suck'' -- a particularly funny joke, since this one didn't.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The film itself is stuck in a cycle of repetition, with slight variations.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Old-hand Craven delivers a delectably gruesome, well-crafted horror yarn that is crisply edited, inventively photographed and devilishly cast.

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Leonard Klady

Visceral, witty and appropriately redundant...

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Wes Craven was born to direct this material. One of the most successful of horror filmmakers.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Its self-awareness has a brashness that can be enlivening.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

If you liked Scream there's no reason you shouldn't like this sequel.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Scream 2 is a clever and wittily manipulative copycat sequel to Scream.

Josh Larsen

The first 10 minutes attain a deranged brilliance (especially considering Charlie Kaufman wouldn't introduce his own brand of narrative invention for another two years).

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Not entirely as original as the first film but doing fine in its self-awareness of sequel rules. In addition there are some outrageously exciting scenes. Too… More
Tim Salmons
As I'll probably end up stating elsewhere in the future, when a film is so meta, it becomes difficult to discern that against the actual content of the… More
Carlos Magalhăes
Though mildly entertaining and with some inspired moments here and there, the sad truth is that this routine sequel is not clever or witty enough to subvert… More
Melvin White
Randy: There are certain rules that one must abide by in order to create a successful sequel. Number one: the body count is always bigger. Number two: the death… More
Dan Schultz
A smash of a sequel concerning the same group of young people mysteriously stalked by a vicious killer. Full of scenes of self-referential-ism and possessing an… More
Aj V
This sequel to the popular Scream movie the previous year, is just about as much fun as the first. I really enjoyed it.