Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
Dean Essner - Entertainment Weekly
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
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
The best fright fest of the '90s.
Richard Harrington - Washington Post
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
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
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
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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Susan Stark - Detroit News
The pic's chills are top-notch, but its underlying mockish tone won't please die-hard fans.
Leonard Klady - Variety
Turns slasher flicks into slapstick.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Scream is a rarity: a horror movie spoof that succeeds almost as well at provoking scares as laughs.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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
Remains a highly polished piece of meta-slasher mayhem.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Dean Essner - National Post
...a fun, well-paced slasher...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Maybe not the first metamovie, but certainly the one that popularized the genre.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Graphic mystery-homage to teen-slasher movies.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
Once all pretense and self-congratulatory winks to the audience have finished, the climax pretty much goes on auto-drive relying on the basic slasher fare...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Self-knowing badness is in fact badness; it might actually be worse than just regular old badness because it is, in addition to everything else, smug.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A pointedly knowledgeable, frequently funny satire on slasher conventions and a terrifically scary, joyously suspenseful horror picture.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Fans of the genre can enjoy the way it plays with horror's conventions. Others can just chew their fingers in fright.
Dean Essner - Film4
It's not stupid, it's not wussy and it pulls off a couple of pretty nasty jolts.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Witty, tightly structured, and often effective as a straight horror film.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
At last, a horror movie to shout about!
Dean Essner - Time Out
Ironically, the predictability is actually one of the film's virtues.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A fun, scary and entertaining movie
Andreas Samuelson - Slasherpool
Its commercial success was well-justified.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's been a long time since a teen-slasher movie has offered up anything but dull buckets of gore. With Scream, the genre reclaims its roots.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
The film was written by Kevin Williamson, and his screenplay is smart as it is hip.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Scream's most effective scenes are those involving the most dire peril.
Kim Williamson - Boxoffice Magazine
O que ha de mais interessante neste filme (e o que o torna tao divertido) e o fato dele ser capaz de criticar e, ao mesmo tempo, seguir todas as regras basicas do genero.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Leslie Rigoulot - Film Scouts
Kevin Williamson has managed to make a movie that is both genuine scary movie and arch parody of scary movies.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
It appeared to be clever, dangerous, witty, and fresh, but it sadly became victim to the movies it mocked, even before it had ended.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
a nineties-style teenage slasher movie with just enough tongue-in-cheek understanding of its own silliness to make it gruesomely fun without being insulting
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It is the cream of a pretty bad crop
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Wes Craven has matured past his old horror film days.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Scream is so hip and irreverent that you almost forget it's a slasher movie. Almost.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
There's a lot of uses of cliches, but all are handled with some lovely self-concious fun.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
If there's a problem with Scream it is that its very success dooms it to spawn a wave of cash-in imitations, few of which will exhibit their predecessors skill and intelligence.
Keith H. Brown - Edinburgh U Film Society
Scream cleverly plays with movie conventions and the audience's expectations so that we're kept constantly guessing.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The image of Barrymore on her portable phone, with her sweater sleeves draped over her palms, in the house with the big picture windows, has already become one of the great indelible images of the 1990's.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The end product, while predictable and gory, does manage to be as good as prior slasher films...it just could do a lot better.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
The film plays lively games with the macabre.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Craven is obviously having a ball here, and it's impossible not to sit back and go grinning into this dark, gory ride.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The movie is less concerned with explaining motivations than it is with dismantling the social mechanisms which produce them.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
It's a genuine jump-from-you-seat, cover-your-eyes, scream-aloud, warn-the-characters thrill ride. When you're not howling with laughter, you'll be shrieking with fright.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
In an age that is nearly devoid of talented horror movie directors, it has become tiresome having to consider the inconsiderable, aggravating to search for rationales for the haphazardly assembled creations of people like Craven.
Bob Stephens - San Francisco Examiner
It's a... well... a scream.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Scream is funny, scary and self-mocking -- director Wes Craven's facetious send-up of his own resume.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Wes Craven reminds us that terror can be fun, and not simply a grueling march through gore-spattered holidays.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Good trashy fun.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
Strap in and enjoy the ride.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
It breaks new ground, and hopefully, it opens us up to new formulas and creative situations in these movies.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Clever, quick and bloody funny. 'Bloody' being the operative word.
Adam Smith - Empire Magazine
First, it's not scary, and second, after seeing it, you may scream at yourself for wasting your time and money.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City