• R, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Chuck Russell
    In Theaters:
    Feb 27, 1987 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 21, 2001
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Somehow A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors has always been just a bit more enjoyable than the typical horror sequel.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

September 13, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a shame this is about as good as it got for the series...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

October 13, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the mental-hospital setting [is] certainly a refreshing change from the suburban atmosphere that dominated the first two films.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 19, 2010
Dustin Putman

The burn-faced night stalker simply doesn't make the impression here as he did in the former two installments

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

October 9, 2008
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Arguably the most imaginative of the horror franchise, with a fair number of truly resonant scenes.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 28, 2008


First-time director Russell sustains the legend's success with the help of a workable plot and some first-rate special effects.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 28, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Freddy is a vital killer who brings a sense of creepy fun to his demented work - moviegoers actually like the guy. The nightmares themselves are another reason for the series' success.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide

April 28, 2008
Variety Staff
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Debuting director Chuck Russell elicits poor performances from most of his thesps, making it difficult to differentiate between pic's comic relief and unintended howlers.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 28, 2008

A great sequel

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 3, 2008
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

The Slasher genre took a different direction with this sarcastic killer who delights in torturing his victims, simulating the nightmares we all experience.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3/4

November 3, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Parts of it work extraordinarily well for a horror film of this vintage. And parts of it don't particularly work at all.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

September 12, 2007

Time Out
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A creepy score and Russell's sure grasp of the skewed logic of nightmares helps to sustain the ambiguity between the 'real' and 'dream' worlds, while Englund's Freddie now fits like a glove.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Clint Morris

The best 'Elm Street' film next to the 1984 original....Freddy's finest moment since his debut

| Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2005
Christopher Null

Can you not love this?

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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The film's dream sequences are ingenious, and they feature some remarkable nightmare images and special effects.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2004
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The best of the "Nightmare" series

| Original Score: 4/5

July 16, 2004
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

This is when Freddy stopped being scary. Still has its moments, in a fantasy, rather than horror, sort of way.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 27, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Easily the best of the sequels till A New Nightmare, but still nowhere near the original

| Original Score: 3/5

August 21, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

about as good as this series ever got, but that's not exactly high praise

| Original Score: 2/5

July 29, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is filmmaking by the numbers, without soul.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
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