Scream (1996)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 20, 1996
DVD Release Date: December 2, 1997
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Horror icon Wes Craven's subversive deconstruction of the genre is sly, witty, and surprisingly effective as a slasher film itself, even if it's a little too cheeky for some.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Cleverly penned.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

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Leonard Klady

The pic's chills are top-notch, but its underlying mockish tone won't please die-hard fans.

Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

Scream builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied. Here's one of the year's better thrillers.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The movie's only wrinkle is that it is, in a crude fashion, post-modernist. Pardon me while I alert the media.

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