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Scream

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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Netflix Rating: 3.3
Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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The pic's chills are top-notch, but its underlying mockish tone won't please die-hard fans.
Leonard Klady, Variety  full review
 
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.
Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Turns slasher flicks into slapstick.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail  full review
 
The best fright fest of the '90s.
Richard Harrington, Washington Post  full review
 
A bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures that's also scary and gruesome yet too swift-moving to lapse into morbidity.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
Not even horror fans who can answer all this film's knowing trivia questions may be fully comfortable with such an exploitative mix.
Janet Maslin, New York Times  full review
 
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
 
The film plays lively games with the macabre.
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
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
 
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.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
Scream is a rarity: a horror movie spoof that succeeds almost as well at provoking scares as laughs.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
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