Scream 3

The last installment of the tongue-in-cheek (but still scary) horror trilogy finds Sidney Prescott again battling a crazed killer -- only this time it's on the set of Stab, a movie-within-a-movie based on the original Woodsboro murders. Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and the rest of the Scream gang appear, alongside new characters played by Parker Posey, Jenny McCarthy and more.
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Netflix Rating: 3.2
NYT Critics' Pick
Killer pursues cast of slasher movie. Breezily self-mocking. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 37%
Critics' score: 37   Audience score: 49   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Funny and brisk. full review

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

The only thing the movie kills with any decisiveness is your time. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

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

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

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

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

You're bound to scream -- perhaps real loud -- but it may be out of impatient dismay as much as Pavlovian reaction. full review

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle

Scream 3 is full of surprises . . . it's surprisingly long, surprisingly dull and surprisingly stupid. full review

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News

Despite the various surprise cameos and cute twists, it takes itself too seriously and adheres too strictly to its formula to avoid becoming what it parodies.

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune

Breathlessly inventive and hip. full review

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

Isn't that good. full review

Steven Rosen, Denver Post

Genuinely scary and also highly amusing. full review

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Logic, motivation, suspense -- anything that might make the film frightening or resonant-is buried under Dolby blams, medulla-shaming dialogue, and a rain of overdubbed hunting-knife schwings that grate like a 3 a.m. car alarm. full review

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

[Wraps] up the trilogy in satisfying fashion. full review

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Holds up the honor of the franchise nicely. full review

Andrew O'Hehir,

New-kid-on-the-block screenwriter Ethan Kruger acquits himself admirably in filling tapped-out creator Kevin Williamson's big, black boots.

Gemma Files,

What began as mildly entertaining reflexivity has degenerated into a mindless barrage of illogical hooey, herrings as red as stop signs, cardboard characters, tepid jokes about movies as life, etc.

Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz

A lame retread. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Unfortunately, there's nothing here that even the most inexperienced horror film fan would call innovative, and the predictable result is a movie that pales in comparison with its predecessors. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews
full review by Joe Leydon, Variety
full review by Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
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