Horror maven Wes Craven -- paying homage to teen horror classics such as Halloween and Prom Night -- turns the genre on its head with this tale of a murderer who terrorizes hapless high schooler Sidney Prescott by offing everyone she knows.
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Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 83%
Critics' score: 83   Audience score: 70   Rotten Tomatoes page
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Whatever you do, don't close your mind to such an inventive concoction. One last time, despite all your better instincts, go ahead -- open that theater door.

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle

Scream is a rarity: a horror movie spoof that succeeds almost as well at provoking scares as laughs. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

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

Leonard Klady, Variety

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. full review

Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader

Turns slasher flicks into slapstick. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

The best fright fest of the '90s. full review

Richard Harrington, Washington Post

A bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures that's also scary and gruesome yet too swift-moving to lapse into morbidity. full review

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Not even horror fans who can answer all this film's knowing trivia questions may be fully comfortable with such an exploitative mix. full review

Janet Maslin, New York Times

I liked it. I liked the in-jokes and the self-aware characters. At the same time, I was aware of the incredible level of gore in this film. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The film plays lively games with the macabre. full review

Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

While Scream has its frights, it feels more like one of those solve-the -mystery jigsaw puzzles than a real movie.

Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today

Craven has expressed a desire to get out of the horror business. Maybe that's why he's set out to make more than a horror movie. He's contributing to a long tradition of reflexive films, going back as far as the turn of the century. full review

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
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