Scream 3
Scream 3 (2000)

In the third and final episode of the Scream trilogy, Sidney realizes that she can no longer escape her past. Inspired by horror movies, the killer once again returns, but this time all trilogy rules are broken.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: February 4, 2000
DVD Release Date: July 4, 2000
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: According to critics, Scream 3 has become what it originally spoofed. Despite some surprising twists, the movie seems to have lost its freshness and originality by falling back on the old horror formulas and cliches.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Tthe movie belabors the idea that it's the last of a trilogy rather than the third in a series.

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Time Out

Craven has produced a poor carbon copy of his own New Nightmare.

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Scream 3 is a fine ending to the trilogy. The teen horror franchise that ate itself.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

A limp movie-within-a-movie parody that closed the trilogy with a fizzle instead of the bang it deserved.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Fulfills its modest ambitions by delivering a glib slasher spoof for the mall crowd.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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.

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Joe Leydon

Scream 3 is a crafty and well-crafted wrap-up that really does bring a satisfying sense of closure to the franchise.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The result is the usual fragmentary mixture of jolts and jokes, knife-wielding maniacs and red herrings.

Josh Larsen

The self-referential setup is in place, but not the ingenuity or wit to take advantage of it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
With the third installment the series is finally closer to a parody than a real horror film. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of kills here,… More
Dan Schultz
A shoddy, unnecessary sequel to an overall impressive series concerning horror films and their construction, this time dealing with the production aspect of it… More
Carlos Magalhães
The conclusion of the "trilogy" is this unimaginative installment that relies too much on cheap scares followed by a deafening chord and is too… More
Tim Salmons
With the success of the Scream series, the powers that be decided to make the film into a trilogy (for the time being anyway) and bring Wes Craven back to close… More
Melvin White
Detective Wallace: This is great! Ten more murders and we can publish a calendar.  "Someone has taken their love for trilogies one step too far."… More
Lewis C.
About as good as the other two movies, really. I'm not the biggest fan of the Scream series, but like the preceding movies, Scream 3 is entertaining enough… More