Branch Cosmos’s review published on Letterboxd:
The more that I think about this movie, the harder it is to review. The thing about the Scream movies is that you can't truly tell if they are making fun of the genre intentionally or if they're actually falling into the same hole that they're poking fun at unintentionally (case in point, Scream 3 may or may not be making fun of terrible sequels; that's why they're adding supernatural elements and more comedy to it). In other words, the Scream franchise is nothing without its meta element, and if you take that away, it just feels like a tired retread of the original. This, on the other hand, feels like a movie that can stand on its own. This movie is inoffensive and it's a copy of the original (which might be both a good and a bad thing depending on how you view it), but it's got a fresh feel to it. This Scream "requel" does not live up to the original, but it's as smart and fun as the first film, only elevated by its very meta script and effective thrills. That's why Scream 4 stood out to me the most out of all the first three sequels, because my favorite part has always been the meta elements. I came in and thought that it would be a disappointment, but I was surprised that it lived up to what I was expecting.