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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 169
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 144

Visually faithful but lacking the depth and subversive twists that made the original so memorable, the Nightmare on Elm Street remake lives up to its title in the worst possible way.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 27

Visually faithful but lacking the depth and subversive twists that made the original so memorable, the Nightmare on Elm Street remake lives up to its title in the worst possible way.



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Platinum Dunes revives the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with this reworking of slasher film legend Freddy Krueger, a deceased child killer who torments the dreams of the teenagers of Springwood, OH. Jackie Earle Haley picks up the killer's mantle from series veteran Robert Englund with the reboot from music-video director Samuel Bayer. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Oct 5, 2010


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I did jump a few times, and I liked Haley's dour malevolence, but overall, the new Nightmare on Elm Street is a by-the-numbers bad dream.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Freddy's back -- and he's slicker and more sinister than ever.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source:
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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.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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This is the worst yet from Michael Bay's horror production company Platinum Dunes, which also brought you rubbish re-makes of Halloween and Friday the 13th.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (4)
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Jackie Earle Haley's Krueger is a blast, but the child-molester twist is more depressingly clinical than dream-logic harrowing.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The result of the new Nightmare is, at best, a kind of stand-off between predictability and competent execution.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The real nightmare is the tragic lack of creativity in this new look of one of the genre's greatest characters.

March 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
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I still like the characters from the first film, and these kids were cardboard shadows of them.

January 18, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

This Elm Street reeks of a rushed cash-grab, as even the most reliable of clichéd shocks fail to register on the fright-o-meter.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

This flimsy remake is a nightmare and unworthy of your time.

December 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Many people have already made the mistake of holding this film up to the original, expecting it to be just as good, but it just isn't. However, taken on its own, it's still an entertaining horror film and an interesting take on the material.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source:

An homage to Craven's vision that is believably earnest in execution and completely faithful in spirit.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

Mara and Gallner make an attractive couple on the lam and Haley, as Freddy Krueger, hams it up to an almost alarming degree.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
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Haley offers a darker, meaner take on the iconic character.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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There's really no reason to see this dreadful picture; better to rent the 1984 feature.

August 18, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)

For fans of the Nightmare franchise, and slasher films in general, the new version does exactly what you want and not much more.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source:

This is even less inspired and imaginative than the Friday The 13th reboot and makes Rob Zombie's Halloween films feel like the work of an auteur.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

For a film about the dangers of falling asleep it tried damn hard to make the audience nod off.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Like many horror fans, I approached viewing the recent remake of the post-slasher classic with extremely low expectations. Not low enough, though!

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: has nothing new to say and works with an original that didn't need remaking.

October 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Ultimately, the remake plays out more like the parade of increasingly daft sequels that milked the last drop of blood out of the Krueger franchise.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

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July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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Haley just ain't no Englund, no matter how much he tries.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (7)

In this outing, however, Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer's screenplay pulls no punches about Freddy's vicious sadism and paedophilia and, seriously, there's no fun in that.

July 4, 2010 | Comment (1)

Audience Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street

pointless remake of a classic, ruined by making the once terrifying Freddy into nothing more than an over sun burnt Jimmy Savile.
January 13, 2013

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Another pointless remake that totally misunderstands what was so good about the original. I'm guessing they thought they were making a better film by removing the comedy elements (which all good 80s horror films possess) and making the gore more realistic and Freddy that little more sinister. Firstly, it's the humour, the over the top effects that make the original franchise popular and as much as I like Jackie Earle Haley, Robert Englund is Freddy Kruger and he's so iconic in the role you just can't replace him. It's forgettable, I watched it last night and I'm struggling to remember how it ended already!
October 30, 2012

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August 6, 2012
Anatoliy Dudaev

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It's amazing to me that filmmakers can't summon up competent remakes of old horror films. Given the source material, and the advancements in special effects, a remake of "A Nightmare On Elm Street", should have been a slam dunk. Instead, it was a miserable, and often boring, disaster. The writing is awful, the characters are lifeless, and the use of C.G.I. in the dream sequences is underwhelming. Jackie Earle Haley's interpretation of Freddy was passable, but there's no way it could overcome the mundane storytelling. This movie is garbage.
May 31, 2012
Jason Calvin

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    1. Inmate: I'm innocent! Let me outta here! Get me the fuck outta here!
    – Submitted by Connor N (7 months ago)
    1. Freddy Krueger: Why are you screamin'? I haven't even cut you yet.
    – Submitted by Adam P (11 months ago)
    1. Nancy Holbrook: It hurts, doesn't it? That's because you're in my world now, bitch!
    – Submitted by Adam P (11 months ago)
    1. Freddy Krueger: You can't hurt me. This is my world. And you can't ever leave.
    – Submitted by Adam P (11 months ago)
    1. Freddy Krueger: You really shouldn't fall asleep in class.
    2. Freddy Krueger: Hi Kris
    3. Kris Fowles: Who are you?
    4. Freddy Krueger: You look just as beautiful as ever.
    5. Freddy Krueger: You have nothing to worry about. This wont hurt one... little... bit.
    – Submitted by Adam P (11 months ago)
    1. Quentin Smith: We were wrong. He's not after us because we lied. He's after us because we told the truth.
    2. Nancy Holbrook: He brought us here so we could remember what he did to us.
    – Submitted by Adam P (11 months ago)
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