A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
December 25, 2012
This flimsy remake is a nightmare and unworthy of your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
For a film about the dangers of falling asleep it tried damn hard to make the audience nod off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 20, 2011
For fans of the Nightmare franchise, and slasher films in general, the new version does exactly what you want and not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
May 21, 2010
This trip to Elm Street will give you nightmares, but not the kind they anticipated.
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
May 5, 2010
Bayer's Nightmare is 95 minutes of non-stop crap dialogue, crapper acting and the crappest expositional nonsense I've seen since The Lovely Bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2010
It's a movie that starts slowly, and only starts moving us to the edge of our seat in the third act, adequate for a horror picture, but no more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 7, 2010
We watch a bunch of twentysomething catalog-model types with last names for first names impersonate high schoolers who keep getting slashed up in their dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 30, 2010
You'd think Jackie Earle Haley as pedophile Freddy would kill. Oh, hardly.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
May 1, 2010
Entirely devoid of personality, music video director Samuel Bayer is unable to handle the flow of a feature film, stuttering from dream sequence to dream sequence without cohesion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 29, 2010
I stared at A Nightmare on Elm Street with weary resignation. The movie consists of a series of teenagers who are introduced, haunted by nightmares and then slashed to death by Freddy. So what?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 29, 2010
Welcome to 2010, Freddy Krueger. You were scarier in 1984.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
April 30, 2010
The basic feeling you get out of this thing is 'been there-done that'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2010
I've seen far worse horror remakes, but let's not grade on too much of a curve: This Nightmare offers dutifully grinding thrills of a routine sort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2010
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.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
May 6, 2010
Where the original was joltingly inventive and disturbing, this is just second-hand fright.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 4, 2010
Memo to Freddy: How can we miss you if you won't stay away?
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine
May 7, 2010
Unadventurous, devoid of personality and completely lacking any semblance of imagination, Samuel Bayer's new Nightmare is a textbook exercise straight out of generic horror remakes 101.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
April 29, 2010
A Nightmare On Elm Street will give me bad dreams of studio executives counting up their filthy lucre made off of a generation willing to accept this sort of spoon-fed garbage and not of the monster they've so completely neutered by this point.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
May 5, 2010
Whereas Wes Craven's '84 original kept you unsure as to whether you were witnessing dreams or reality, director Samuel Bayer's remake color-codes the transitions. How helpful!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
May 14, 2010
After giving a great performance in "Watchmen," what was Jackie Earle Haley doing in this film, besides making a buck or two? Extremely disappointing remake and creepier than the original, but not in a good way. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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