Scary Movie 4 2006

Critics score:
37 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Much of the humor feels tired and unfunny, and David Zucker's directing sags where it should zing. Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle: Scary Movie 4 isn't a comedy classic, but it's still about five times as funny as Scary Movie 3. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: The gags are hit-and-miss, and regardless of their success, they categorically go on too long. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: What makes it to the screen feels pretty joyless. Read more

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: Scary Movie 4 proves that downward momentum is still momentum, and some comedic concepts keep rolling long after they've exhausted almost all the laughs. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: The perpetual engine of the unkillable Scary Movie chain is toxic cynicism. Read more

Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle: Four installments later, the horror-movie jokes have gotten broader, grosser and just plain dumber. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Frighteningly silly, intentionally incorrect and stupendously stupid, Scary Movie 4 skewers everything in its path with a wild-eyed glee that's contagious. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: As ever, the jokes are a jumble of the gross, the baggy, the raunchy, the mistimed, and -- every once in a while -- the refreshingly incorrect. Read more

John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press: Scary Movie 4 is the rare movie spoof that's actually better than the titles it lampoons. Read more

Matt Weitz, Dallas Morning News: Like the gags, many of the cameos don't pack a whole lot of punch, but enough succeed so that the viewer leaves with a mildly favorable impression. Regrettably, this is probably more a function of human psychology than moviemaking skill. Read more

Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly: The sort of movie you like in spite of yourself, Scary Movie 4 is obvious and dumb, but it possesses such a giddy, good-hearted spirit that even its terrible jokes (and there are tons) get by on something resembling charm. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: Isn't it amazing to see just how low some people will stoop if you pay them just enough money? Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: With Scary Movie 4, [director] Zucker creates a virtual duplicate of the last film, replete with a Michael Jackson impersonator. Once again, the gags grow repetitive, and all the highlights have been featured in the preview trailer. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: There's only so much humor left to wring from the pup tent of Brokeback Mountain or the matted-hair fetish of the Japanese horror genre. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: It's a far cry from the hilarious, edgy antics of Scary Movie, but it has about as much going for it as the first sequel. Read more

Ben Wasserstein, Slate: Not surprisingly, the fourth installment is a total retread of its predecessor. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It has 10 big belly laughs, which puts it about a dozen ahead of this season's competition. Read more

Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail: Don't let the number scare you: Scary Movie 4 is spooferific. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: Scary Movie 4 is the second to be directed by Airplane! and The Naked Gun's David Zucker and possibly the funniest one yet. Read more

Anna Smith, Time Out: Watch (sober) at your peril. Read more

Dennis Harvey, Variety: The even numbers don't favor the Scary Movie franchise. Inspiration ran dry for the Wayans Brothers in No. 2; now successors David Zucker & Co suffer gag fatigue following up their moderately improving efforts on the third installment. Read more

Luke Y. Thompson, Village Voice: The jokes miss more than they hit, but there are a lot of them, and when they work, it's gold. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: Scary Movie 4 never takes you close to death by laughter, as the Naked Gun films did. But it's funny enough to turn the hands on your watch much more quickly than you can believe. Read more