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Scream 3 Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    About the only thing the movie kills with any decisiveness is your time.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Essentially an interlacing of irony and gotcha! Scenes.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    (Craven) and his Scream dream team have done a frightfully good job of killing off and wrapping up the popular horror series.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Same violent stuff in hit slasher saga, for the third time.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while there's less extreme bloodshed here than in the other Scream features, stabbings and throat-slittings are still abundant, matched with (sometimes exceeded by) the swearing. The movie industry is described as an environment where vapid starlets boost their careers by having sex with influential men. There are ghoulish and defamatory references to the imperiled heroine's late mother throughout, and toward the end the idea of parental rejection comes to the fore as a motive for mass-murder.

  • Families can talk about how fictitious violence portrayed in entertainment might incite real-life mayhem. They can also talk about whether screen bloodshed has a social effect.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: No one behaves very admirably.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Vicious stabbings, close-range shootings, and hand-to-hand punching and strangling.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Characters talk frequently about sex, almost always in the context of using it to get ahead in show business. Heroine Sidney's own late mother is described repeatedly as this sort of specimen. A movie executive's bedroom has one-way mirrors, presumably for kinky voyeurism.

  • language false5

    Language: Profanity here is more graphic than the gore.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: References to other movies.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue