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  • 38
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's the Bay touch you feel in the way actors register as body count, characters go undeveloped, and sensation trumps feeling. A nightmare, indeed. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    So any "Nightmare" movie has a built-in handicap going in, but the better ones find ways to compensate, by casting appealing young actors (they're always young), by having imaginative dream sequences and - most important of all - by keeping the dreams short. By that standard, this new "Nightmare" is a fairly decent effort. show more

  • 20
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Don't blame Haley, though. Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer's screenplay goes in the wrong direction entirely, dropping Freddy's sick sense of humor while turning him into a generic bogeyman. show more

  • 30
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    The back-to-the-beginning approach unimaginatively goes through the motions, offering scant justification for its boring existence, at least from an artistic point of view. show more

  • 40
    S.T. Vanairsdale Movieline

    It was boring. So, so, so boring. It doesn’t even give Haley the courtesy of a bad-guy showcase; his face frozen and obscured behind burn prosthetics, he spends most of his time spitting distorted one-liners from the shadows, like some anonymous mob witness on an episode of Dateline NBC. It’s boring and a waste. show more

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    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    By today's standards, it is only medium-bloody, though it's more than usually grim, its young protagonists sullen enough to qualify for the "Twilight" movies. Yet it affords precious little sadistic pleasure, partly because it "dares" to lay out more directly the pedophiliac demons plaguing Freddy the serial killer. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Freddy simply isn't as scary as he used to be, even though Jackie Earle Haley, taking over from Robert Englund in the role, plays Krueger essentially straight, keeping the one-liners to a minimum. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The energy is missing in the remake because the techniques, which are replicated in a straightforward fashion, are stale. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The ninth film in the franchise is competent enough but it won’t freeze the heart or fire the imagination. show more

  • 50
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    Jackie Earle Haley, the fans' choice to take on the role of Freddy Krueger in the remake of the 1984 boogeyman blockbuster A Nightmare on Elm Street proves stunningly, rousingly…adequate…for the job. show more

  • May 30, 2011 nghtmarz2
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    What is there to be said about Nightmare that hasn\'t been said yet? For people fresh to the fold, it\'s a decent enough movie, with its scary moments and plenty of teen blood on the walls to entertain well enough. For returning members of Freddy\'s long-running series of nightmares, it\'s atrocious. Without Englund, Freddy feels awkward and poorly imitated by the man who gave us Rorshak from Watchmen. They could have tried better, yes, on Freddy\'s overall look, as the makeup vaguely resembles an oversized rat at the best of times and for heaven\'s sake, did they have to try taking it ALL the way back to the days when all he did was use the glove? Part of the appeal of Freddy Kruegar was the originality in his delivery and the manic way he seemed to ENJOY warping reality to humiliate and play with his victims before delivering the coop de grace. Further, what made him entertaining was that he was a child MURDERER. Spoiler alert: they made Freddy into a raving pervert for this movie and nothing more. To sum it all up, the bad points are that Freddy himself just sucked. Now, the GOOD stuff. The idea of a 72 hour limit was interesting, and the thought that there is literally NO escape from dreams was terrifying in its own right. You knew Freddy had you no matter what you did in this movie, and that gave it a new edge to an old razor glove. Could they have done better? Yeah, definately. Could they have done worse? Oh yeah they could. I give this movie a three out of five for making it halfway to the mark, but ultimately falling short of what we love about our resident master of nightmares, but at the same time giving us something fresh. Put Englund (or at least someone with his energy) back in the makeup and let\'s try this again, hollywood. Tanks for reading, fellow movielovers!

  • March 22, 2011 alsouhoney
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    It wasn't extremely bad, I think it was watchable. But there was nothing different about this movie.

  • December 22, 2010 deltarn76
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    yuck! it was terrible! where is robert enland. this freddy sucked. he looked retarded!

  • December 20, 2010 RyananJua
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  • November 02, 2010 MackyScooby
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    its alright

  • September 04, 2010 Ronster Colbert
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    This remake depends on the special effects too much. The storyline for Freddie Krugger could have been more detailed. It was a rushed, movie and it shows in the final presentation. Truely wait for it's release on DVD.

  • August 18, 2010 WilliamSicklick
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    best remake freddy is not the same he is a killer for eveve good movie not ono sex in it bad cast bam mad no ma remake

  • July 03, 2010 bernie
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    It gave you more details on Freddie but not exactly the same. Wait for the dvd.

  • July 03, 2010 Princess Tonya
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    This movie blows bigtime! I'm pretty disappointed with it and I'm a classic horror buff. They mangled Craven's dream and made a bandwagon remake.

  • June 25, 2010 HazFaith
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    I am a big fan of Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Thie re-make of nightmare of elm it was ok. The story line is different because he was care taker for the school. During the film show Freddy as not a killer until he come back from the dead. How they are going to make a part two where Freddy already kill all except one teen.


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