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Scream 3 (2000)



Critic Consensus: Despite some surprising twists, Scream 3 sees the franchise falling back on the same old horror formulas and cliches it once hacked and slashed with postmodern abandon.

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In the third and final episode of the Scream trilogy, Sidney realizes that she can no longer escape her past. Inspired by horror movies, the killer once again returns, but this time all trilogy rules are broken.

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Neve Campbell
as Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox
as Gale Weathers
Parker Posey
as Jennifer
Lance Henriksen
as John Milton
Patrick Dempsey
as Det. Kincaid
Matt Keeslar
as Tom Prinze
Patrick Warburton
as Steven Stone
Deon Richmond
as Tyson Fox
Beth Toussaint
as Female Caller
Roger Corman
as Studio Executive
Josh Pais
as Wallace
Kevin Smith
as Silent Bob
Heather Matarazzo
as Martha Meeks
Jamie Kennedy
as Randy Meeks
John Embry
as Stage Security Guard
Lawrence Hecht
as Mr. Prescott
Lisa Beach
as Studio Tour Guide
Dan Arredondo
as Office Security Guard
Lisa Gordon
as Waitress
C.W. Morgan
as Mr. Loomis
Julie Janney
as Moderator
Lynn McRee
as Maureen Prescott
Nancy O'Dell
as Female Reporter
Ken Taylor
as Male Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Scream 3

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (30)

The series is already so dense with internal references and exposition that it's on the verge of becoming more of a trivia game than a movie series. Still, for the initiated, the third time's a charm. For everyone else, it's just a scream.

June 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[The cast] is good. And so are director Wes Craven's inventive stagings of these set-tos. Not so good is the absence of hip cross-references to the classic horror tropes.

June 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Virtually none of the craftsmanship of Craven's best is on display here, and what good ideas do turn up are largely recycled from previous efforts. This Scream has been widely marketed as the series' final installment. Better late than never.

June 17, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tthe movie belabors the idea that it's the last of a trilogy rather than the third in a series.

September 7, 2011 | Full Review…

Scream 3 is a crafty and well-crafted wrap-up that really does bring a satisfying sense of closure to the franchise.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Craven has produced a poor carbon copy of his own New Nightmare.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Scream 3

With the third installment the series is finally closer to a parody than a real horror film. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of kills here, maybe even more than in the other films before. But they feel a little more forced and sometimes the silliness of it all takes some of the suspense away. Still, overall very entertaining and with a pretty funny close connection to Jay and Silent Bob strike back. The fans will know what I mean.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The conclusion of the "trilogy" is this unimaginative installment that relies too much on cheap scares followed by a deafening chord and is too witless to know how to play with the clichés of the genre as the first movie - and it comes up with a ridiculous, illogical revelation in the end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Detective Wallace: This is great! Ten more murders and we can publish a calendar.  "Someone has taken their love for trilogies one step too far." Scream 3 is an obvious and sad step down from the greatness of the first two movies. Still, it's better than about 90% of slashers out there, especially when franchises get deeper into their runs. Williamson not writing the script hurt the movie most, but it's still his story, so at least he is there in some way. The film is still very tongue in cheek and relies on humor,  as a way to parody the genre. I'll admit that, even me, someone who likes this movie, can see why a lot of people don't. Especially given that the first two were instant classics.  Describing a plot for a movie like this is kind of a waste of time, especially when it's pretty much the exact same plot as the first two. This time however the killing isn't going on in Woodsboro, but in Hollywood, where Stab 3 is being made. There's a lot of Hollywood humor thrown into the movie and in a way Craven makes some good references to what Hollywood really is, but it's still vastly inferior to his previous commentaries. The cast is pretty good with a lot of returning faces and some new ones including Parker Posey, Emily Mortimer, Scott Foley, and Patrick Warburton. The movie has its problems, but that is normal for the genre. It's just more disappointing because the first two were so good. Had Scream and Scream 2 never been made and a movie of this quality came out, we would probably view it in a different light. That's the hardship of success though. When you do great, more is expected from you. Overall, I still enjoy this movie every time I see it. Did I expect more from it the first time I watched it? Yeah, but I've come to respect it for what it is. It's not a genre changing film like the first two were. It's just an add on for the people that really love the Scream franchise. Scream 4 was more of the same. So in the end, this franchise is still the best slasher franchise out there from start to finish in my eyes. Although it helps that most of them suck right from the get go.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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