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Scream 4

Horror . Mystery

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

Actors: Dane Farwell , Shenae Grimes-Beech , Roger Jackson , Lucy Hale , Erik Knudsen , Anthony Anderson , David Arquette , Mary McDonnell , Neve Campbell , Rory Culkin , Courteney Cox , Adam Brody , Hayden Panettiere , Emma Roberts
Directors: Wes Craven
Country: USA
Release: 2011-04-15
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  • Steve Persall

    It's about time that another Scream flick came along to gouge the new cliches out of their sockets. Scream 4 does it in grandly Guignol style.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Josh Levin

    Craven guides us expertly down a series of blind, bloody alleys, a journey that's more pleasurable than frustrating. On account of his steady hand, the last act is as good as could be expected: skillfully conceived and entertaining in its preposterousness.

    Slate Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The kills themselves are both bountiful and bloody, the movie references are brilliant and bloody, the funny is very frequent and very frequently bloody, but to say any more would ruin the boo.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    Don't be late to this homecoming of director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson's horror series, which begins with a twisty opening sequence that's bloody fun.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A strange concoction, clever and self-knowing in the extreme and yet operating in primal ways that bypass wit. Something about it feels very modern.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The film isn't as concerned with terrifying you as it is with showing you a good time, culminating with an over-the-top climax that is simultaneously utterly ridiculous and enjoyable.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Existing in a self-contained universe, Scream 4 is its own remake (Screamake), sequel (shriekquel), parody and critique. Thus it taunts and pleases audiences, mocks and justifies itself and makes any review redundant.

    Time Full Review
  • Ben Sachs

    The burden of creative responsibility feels heavier here than in any of the previous installments, ditto the trauma of seeing teenagers get stabbed to death. As a result this is quite effective as horror filmmaking and more pungent than anything he's done in a while.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Some of the riffs are really funny and/or expertly scary. Others have the feel of awfully snappy dialogue crafted by middleaged people trying a little too eagerly to sound like the young people from whose mouths the banter flows.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • S.T. VanAirsdale

    It would have a very good shot at being entertaining were it not so outwardly concerned with being important.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    For genre geeks, this can be fun - although nothing in Scream 4 is quite as clever as the filmmakers seem to think it is.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's fun to see that charming underreactor Neve Campbell, looking about 20 minutes older, back as Sidney Prescott.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The generational mix of actors works well enough, although Campbell too often seems stranded with little to do until the climax.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It's almost really cool, without quite being really cool. Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    The picture delivers enough of the expected goods, if seldom with the wit or panache of the series' best.

    Variety Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Don't go in expecting scares so much as laughs. Scream 4 is a better "Scary Movie" than any of the "Scary Movies" ever were, from its inventively gut-busting kills (watch out for that mail slot!) to the unintentionally humorous sight of the three leads acting as if they're in three separate films.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Scream 4 is so obsessed with the self-referential element that made the original Scream unique that it loses the capacity to be genuinely scary or funny.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Why doesn't anybody just buy a gun? I guess the female characters spent all their money on tight tank tops.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Between a diabolically funny start and a surprise climax, Scream 4 offers nothing more than a series of gory deaths that grow tiresome with repetition. The rating is a hard R, but Craven and Williamson keep it soft at its core. "Scream 1" is still the only keeper.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's hard to sustain that cheeky meta humor, and the film seems to just give in and join its slasher brethren, devolving into a string of gruesome, but unoriginal, slayings.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    It's rare for a sequel to extensively acknowledge its own pointlessness, let alone make the unnecessary nature of its existence a recurring theme, the way Scream 4 does. Then again, the Scream franchise has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to deconstructing itself and the rules of the slasher genre.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    All through the movie, Scream 4 lets us know that it knows exactly what it's up to - and then goes right ahead and gets up to it.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Scream 4 has a smart beginning, featuring Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell, and one well-delivered line at the end that would have brought down the house in a better movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    A fast-starting film that quickly piles meta, self-referential elements on top of each other until they no longer make much sense, and the whole thing collapses under the weight of its own coolness.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Too self-referential for its own good by half.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    After a promising start that uses Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell to perfection, they settle into their old stomping grounds as if they'd never left - and that turns out to be a letdown.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The central conceit of the characters' fates being determined by the "rules" of horror movies feels irredeemably tired; a clever idea that was worth one movie.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Hughes

    A desire to Know What You Did Last Installment is likely to be the biggest draw for Scream number four, but if this proves to be the last in the series, it's a bloody shame it ended not with a Scream but a whimper.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    If there was ever a horror film that made fans of the genre feel old, it's Scream 4.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The problem is, the movie doesn't really care if we are laughing with it or at it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It's a fitfully amusing, not remotely scary slasher picture.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    The enjoyable moments are limited to Alison Brie, funny as Sidney's publicist, and the final recasting of the movie as a backstage diva drama. As ever, the self-reflexive horror stuff is superficial, loveless, and constant-a ladled-on sauce to disguise what you're eating.

    Village Voice Full Review
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