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Scream 4 Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Taking a stab at relevancy. Read full review

3.5

Grae Drake Profile

Fourth time's still the charm. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today 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.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

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

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Ghostface killer returns for more bloody slayings.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the long-awaited fourth installment in the popular Scream slasher series is ultra-gory but as smart and self-aware as the previous movies. There's tons of blood and gore (stabbings, visible intestines, and more) and lots of strong language (including multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t"), and one sequence shows heavy teen drinking. There's also some flirting and almost kissing, but sex isn't a big issue. In one update from the original films, the movie's teen characters now spend a lot of time on social media (Facebook is mentioned once). Teens are quite likely to want to see this one, but parents should take the R rating seriously.

  • Families can talk about the film's intense violence and blood. Is it necessary to get the movie's point across? How does it compare to other horror movies you've seen? What's the impact of these kinds of images?
  • Is the movie scary? Does it concentrate more on fright, suspense/mystery, or clever references? What would make the movie scarier -- or less scary?
  • How does the movie depict teen depict teen drinking? Are there realistic consequences?
  • How does the movie portray use of social media like Facebook? How has media's influence on teens changed since the original Scream movies came out?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Most of the teens in this movie behave at least somewhat badly. They swear, drink, and flirt, and they spend too much time with social media. And even the grown-up characters seem to have used their bad experiences for personal gain.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Most of the movie's characters aren't intended to be role models, but Sidney continues to exhibit heroic tendencies and bravery. In one scene, she rushes into danger to try to save a teen. And Dewey is still a model citizen, showing bravery, leadership, and integrity.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Tons of blood -- pumping, gushing, gurgling, spraying, and splattered on walls. One victim even has her intestines on display. Many gory, vivid stabbings and a few shootings, and at least a dozen dead bodies. Also several fights, and characters are often tossed about, slammed, and battered.

  • sex false2

    Sex: The teen characters are aware of their sexuality, but it's not often discussed in detail or shown. Two teens flirt and almost kiss, but they're interrupted. Teens talk about romantic relationships, but without any physical or sexual details.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong, frequent language includes many uses of "f--k" and "s--t" in various permutations, plus "bitch," "t-ts," "for God's sake," "t-ts," "a--hole," "douche," "eat me," "ass," "hell," "damn," "oh my God," "goddamn," and "d--k."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Facebook is mentioned in one scene.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teens are seen drinking hard liquor to the point of drunkenness during a party.

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