Cernan Mari’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Scream VI" slices as best sequel in the franchise. An incredible triumph that revitalizes the horror subgenre with its deft writing, flawless execution, and unrelenting suspense. As an avid fan of the franchise for a long time, I can state with certainty that this chapter exceeds most of my expectations and provides an exhilarating experience from beginning to end.
Yes, the necessary gore is excessively overdone and portrayed with a perplexingly sadistic eye. The writing, unfortunately, is riddled with flaws and lacks explication, which is strange given James Vanderbilt's track record. While there are some outstanding performances, the characters are underdeveloped and difficult for the audience to invest in.
So, what sets this film apart from the rest of the 2023 crop? Its magnificence may be summed up in a single word: META. Can you not see how meta this film is? It's not only self-aware of the horror genre; it's also self-aware of being self-aware. Its self-awareness generates an endless feedback loop of metaness, assuring the smart audience that it will offer meta like no other film has ever delivered meta before.
I don't know what to say anymore. Watch it and brace yourself to SCREAM, jump, and hold your breath—this sequel is an amazing rollercoaster of terror!