Common Sense Media says

Graphic mystery-homage to teen-slasher movies.

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(out of 151 reviews)
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Teen, 14 years old Written byjmax627 April 30, 2011

Good for older teens, if they like horror films.

It was good, but it was totally not age appropriate.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bySeminolefreak March 21, 2011

One of the best Wes Craven films out there.

My MPAA Rating, R: Graphic bloody horror violence, strong language, sexual content, terror, and teen drinking and partying
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Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old May 7, 2011

great movie, good for teens and mature tweens

I thought this was an awesome movie. there was a lot of stabbing (killer uses a knife for a weapon). lots of suspense. graphics where pretty good. there was a lot of alcohol and language. as for sex I didn't think it was that big of a deal if you are mature enough. this movie has a good plot with crazy twists. good for teens and mature tweens.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bytommysportsgirl April 9, 2008
A few scares, especially the first scene, but overall a waste of time. I didn't connect with any of the characters, and didn't feel sorry for them as they got killed off. There are better slasher movies out there- like Psycho and Halloween.
Parent Written byJSchnier November 9, 2013

Rated PG - 13 for strong graphic horror violence and gore, and language

Violence - 10/10 Sex - 6/10 Language - 7/10 Alcohol/Drugs - 4/10
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 13, 15, and 17 year old Written bydemondonkey25 January 22, 2010

10 AND UP OK

FOR CHILDREN 10AND UP IS OK.
Adult Written byPlatypus123 June 16, 2015
This movie is intense and very violent also some sexual scenes and some strong profanity
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byhomey335 May 28, 2012

One word. Terrifying.

Violence: 10/10- Extremely violent and bloody. Ghostface will stab the heck out of people. Sexual Content: 4/10- Sexual disscussion. Language: 7/10- Lots of uses of f**k and sh*t. Drinking and drug use: 5/10- Drunk characters and beer is consumed by teens. Frightining scenes: 10/10- Complete terror.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byBestPicture1996 May 11, 2015

Tongue in cheek horror flick knows what it is

After seeing "Scary Movie," (all four of them, I know, but it's a guilty pleasure) you can't help but realize that a little magic has been gone from "Scream" because the first movie mocked it so much. But it doesn't undermine it. The opening sequence with Drew Barrymore is still fantastic...just don't let her prominent appearance on the poster fool you! The movie makes tons of self-referential jokes, with stabs at Wes Craven's own franchises, Halloween and the Friday the 13th never ending franchise (it hasn't been around for a few years but it will). While it can't help but be a little dated because of the fashion, the music still holds up and the fact that horror movies usually do abide by these generic formulas STILL means that "Scream" will always have a timeless feel to it.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byage 10+ October 16, 2011

not that bad

To tell you the the truth, this movie should have been rated pg-13. iI's really not that bad. So I'd say that if your kids are at least 12 and they want to watch this movie, it's fine to let them.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byJaysnake May 20, 2011

Good for teens and mature tweens

It was a pretty good movie with a lot of swearing, blood and gore.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byT-Rod May 22, 2010

Classic Craven at his best!!

This movie is brilliant. Parents must know that even though this is very clever when it comes to parodying classic horror cliches and making u laugh, it is just as gory and profanity-filled as the worst Horror films has to offer. It has the most gruesome deaths in the entire seris, not including SCREM , which I haven' seen as of yet. But if you're up to par, then this is one of the greatest the genre has to offer. pOSITIVE rOLE mODELS: Sydney Prescott, though not the greatest role model in the world, is outSTANDING compared to most people in horror movies. She is brave, level-headed, and actually not a sexually active character(even though most in the movie and even her friends are), and isn't in any hurry to lose her virginity, even at her age. Also, the sheriff Dewey, though a bit bumbling at times, isn't as worthless as he seems, and cares about Gail, even if she is a selfish, self-centered wench. Also, Gail may be self-centered and is willing to do anything to get a story, in the end, she sees the error of her ways.....somewhat. Most of the other characters are just gory deaths waiting to happen. vORACIOUS vIOLENCE: Many gory stabbings, guttings, shootings, throwing glass bottles, kicking, punching, mutilating, and more. The worst of the deaths being a teen getting their spine snapped in half in a garage door. nYEH nONSENSE (oR sEXUAL sTUFF): Surprisingly not much for a horror film. Especially one almost rated NC-17. There's no nudity whatsoever, and nothing explicit or anything that should make one blush when watching with family(if you're crazy enough to actually watch it with them). But there is some talk of sex and other such activities, though none very explicit. Losing your virginity is a big topic here. oBSCENITIES aND oBSCENE pROFANITIES: Many uses of the F & S words. Along with other uses of lesser curses. dRUG dANGERS: Many teens drink alcohol at a party. aLL-iN-aLL: This is one of my all time favorites in this genre. It is clever and smart, while still being suspenseful and fun. If you're a hardcore fan of the horror genre, then this one is HIGHLY recommended!!!!
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Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byrave day November 3, 2014

Scream

Sex 4/10 Violence 8/10 Language 6/10
Teen, 16 years old Written bydavidguitar15..... March 19, 2011
Great movie...has some cool twists
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 11 year old Written bychildrenrcool November 20, 2009

perfect for kids over 11, it is a classic horror flick, so be careful.

I am eleven and it was an amazing movie. this stupid website brainwashes parents. It had one mild sex scene, it was very violent, and very little language.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byurmomantha March 17, 2016

My favorite favorite movie

The original Scream is by far my favorite movie of all time. It's gory, it's dramatic, and it's pretty funny. As long as you're old enough and don't take it too seriously - you'll be fine.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old January 18, 2015

Gory slasher comedy, not suitable for most kids

The film is very violent, a lot of blood during killings, however only around 8 people die. Film has a casual attitude to murder through out. Some references to horror movie stereotypes like the virgin dying last or not at all, some teenagers talk about women the find attractive. Billy and Sydney (two main characters) have strongly implied sex. Around 30 F bombs, pretty tame there. Some underage drinking happens. All around should be OK for 11-12+
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byloldoge333 January 18, 2015

Yes but...

This is scary. I like to think of it as baking a cake. Mystery-creepiness. You are currently baking a delicious cake that would give children nightmares. Make it 12+. Jump scares, gore, blood. Make it not for kids. Sex, not for kids Drinking, whatever, just don't let your kidjidos tell their friends at school, "yo! I want some tequila on ice!" Language: hell, shy, b****, @$$, and f
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byNikeswoosh99 September 3, 2012

Its just a movie

There are some horror movies you can't really take seriously and this was one of them. Not to say it wasn't scary but there were just some scenes you just had to laugh at. This movie at the same time is very good at drawing emotion out of people. Like when a girl almost survives the killer just in time so that her parents can watch her die. All in all if you can learn to realize that a movie is a movie then you will enjoy this movie.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bydaniel.nicholas... December 29, 2009

Great Fun!

There is virtually NO language in this movie. Probably 10 f-words, tops. I *just* watched it and it is great. Pretty funny at times and very entertaining overall.
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Too much violence

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