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A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Freddy's back -- and he's slicker and more sinister than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 14, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
May 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
May 5, 2010
Jackie Earle Haley's Krueger is a blast, but the child-molester twist is more depressingly clinical than dream-logic harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 30, 2010
The result of the new Nightmare is, at best, a kind of stand-off between predictability and competent execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 30, 2010
A Nightmare on Elm Street may be the most unneeded movie of the year. And that's saying something.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 30, 2010
Traffics in overly familiar scare tactics, setting up predictable false alarms and telegraphing in advance just when Freddy will pop into the frame and utter one of his labored witticisms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 30, 2010
The jump scares, given a little extra oomph by the ever-looming possibility of a double wake-up, do what they're supposed to do. They make you jump.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
April 30, 2010
All we can think of is how much we miss the Robert Englund Freddy. Man, that guy knew how to have a killer good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 30, 2010
To the audience suckered into paying to see this, here's why your generation sucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 30, 2010
This moody, lifeless movie rips off lines, scenes, dream sequences and character kills from Craven's film ... while draining them of energy, suspense and meaning.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2010
People have dreams and either get their guts ripped out or don't get their gets ripped out. And then, after 90 or so minutes are used up, the movie finds some weak pretext for ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 30, 2010
The new Nightmare is a straight, shiny, honorable remake.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 30, 2010
There are a lot of things wrong with this remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, not least of which is that it was made at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 30, 2010
The remake has dumbed-down its source to a genre it always transcended: the slice-and-dice, snip-and-quip gore film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 29, 2010
Welcome to 2010, Freddy Krueger. You were scarier in 1984.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 29, 2010
Haley's a fine actor, but he was far scarier in the suburban drama Little Children. And Englund's unpredictable presence is definitely missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2010
As an exercise in "re-imagining," to use Hollywood's favorite rehash euphemism, this Nightmare is mostly stale goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 29, 2010
Like a cover band with more stagecraft than talent, A Nightmare on Elm Street looks good recycling "greatest hits" moments but fails to capture the excitement of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 29, 2010
This new Nightmare is almost completely redundant, but Freddy's blades remain sharp enough to guarantee Haley's job security for at least a few years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 29, 2010
Stylish remake isn't as good as the original, but it has enough genuine scares to merit a mild recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 29, 2010
While the 1984 film has aged, its now-familiar jolts still pack more punch than this pic's recycled ones, which sometimes register so tepidly as to cause snickers.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 29, 2010
The film cops virtually every memorable image from the original, but loses the depth that gave them power and the sense of place that grounded them.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2010
Good luck staying awake.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
April 29, 2010
... Like watching a brilliant garage band's sparse, smart singles turned into loud, expensive, overproduced karaoke sing-along versions with the same notes and lyrics but none of the passion and power.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 29, 2010
The novelty has long since worn off, and cheap, generic scares are all that are left.
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 29, 2010
Using blasts of shrill, high-decibel noise in place of actual scares has become a common horror-movie tactic, the cinematic equivalent of botox, silicone, and penile-enhancement surgery.
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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
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 29, 2010
Too many more remakes as dull and bland as A Nightmare on Elm Street could kill off horror movies for good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4