Idan Winter’s review published on Letterboxd:
After absolutely loving 𝗔 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝗹𝗺 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁, I was more than excited to check out another classic from Wes, and I'm more than glad to say- this one's even better. This time written by Kevin Williamson, who's also the writer for the sequels, 𝗦𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺 not only pokes fun of horror movie tropes, but also plays with them and creates tension USING those tropes, leading to the eventual and brilliantly-done 3rd act.
The acting is truly excellent from everyone, and just like ANOES- the cheesiness works so well! Neve Campbell is fantastic, Courteney Cox is great (despite really disliking her character at first), David Arquette is my least favorite character but he was still somewhat enjoyable to watch, and the rest of the cast are generally very good. Craven's direction is terrific, constantly keeping things interesting and fun. I have to mention the editing by Patrick Lussier which is just phenomenal all the way through.
Coming back to the script- it's fucking genius. One of the most amazing parts about it is the way the characters talk about what usually happens in a horror movie and who always survives at the end WHILE the film itself creates tension by making you guess who's the killer. There are also plenty of comedic lines and moments, and every single one works like a goddamn charm.
The final act is superb, a remarkable sense of timing and how everything is resolved.
I only had a single issue with the film during the 2nd act, which was the relationship between David Arquette's character and Courteney Cox's character as I felt it's a redundant part of the script, but luckily it wasn't an issue once the last 20 min hit, and they hit HARD, so it eventually worked quite well.