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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master (1988)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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This fourth trip down Freddy Lane was the most successful at the box-office, but although it has some impressive visuals, it is mostly an empty film. Credit must go to the effects team for some fine work, but otherwise, this entry from the director of Cutthroat Island (Renny Harlin) is extremely weak. Roland Kincaid falls asleep and awakens in the Springwood junkyard, where his dog -- named "Jason" in a sad foreshadowing of the film's giggly tone -- pees fire on Freddy's grave. The pyro-urinary

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Aug 21, 2001

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (12) | DVD (8)

Consistently watchable and inventive.

April 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Robert Englund, receiving star billing for the first time, is delightful in his frequent incarnations as Freddy, delivering his gag lines with relish and making the grisly proceedings funny.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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While some of the monotonous effects are strikingly surreal, Harlin's direction creates an atmosphere which is more morbid than scary.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Though the Elm Street series contains the most intelligent premise in current genre films, none of the movies take much advantage of their potential.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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As always, the teen actors are disposable, and even Robert Englund seems to be sleepwalking through Freddy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The lesser of the "Nightmare" sequels, but serviceable more surreal one nevertheless...

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

...an obvious low point within this incredibly uneven series.

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Surprisingly watchable for the third sequel and despite its general predictability it's entertainingly inventive.

April 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

With each entry, the films become more removed from their source. Freddy just isn't scary anymore.

April 5, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not counting 1994's Wes Craven's New Nightmare, it's superior to all the other later sequels in the series.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

Fun, but not a shade on the earlier Elm Street flicks

September 5, 2008
Moviehole

The new comedy version of Freddy...

February 3, 2008

As the series drags on, the inventiveness of murders decreases slightly but Freddy's humor continues to entertain.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The Dream Master has a sort of constant level of goofy idiocy.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Bottomless grab-bag from the 80s TV subconscious, riffing on Jaws, Karate Kid, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, with a palette that would make Joel Schumacher queasy

October 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Renny Harlin's finest moment. That should tell you something.

August 29, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not much to see here except for the occasional '80s big hairdo and some decent gore shots.

September 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A good sequel in the series directed by trash auteur Renny Harlin with just the right flair.

July 14, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

Despite Robert Englund's cheerful ghoulishness, there is nothing about Freddy Kreuger that justifies his iconic status... as this dismal sequel demonstrates.

October 3, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

The major downfall of the Elm Street series. Turned Freddy into a joke. A bad joke, at that.

August 28, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

Watch it at your own risk.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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Audience Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master

After being scared to death by Freddy in the first and third movie, I was expecting more sleepless nights with watching this film, but no, not really. He's still uber creepy, but also quite funny. It was a strange mixture of the two, but it's hard for me not to be scared of him, so I guess it's understandable. Mixed feelings on this movie, but I'm glad it wasn't so scary, and I was able to enjoy it.
August 30, 2013
ajv2688

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I actually really enjoyed this 4th installment of the Elm street films. Tuesday Knight resumes Patricia Arquette's role of Kristen. Actually, I know I will be in the minority, but I preferred her. No, not a great actress, but her appearance fit well with the silliness here.
Comments that this is more video game than movie are fair, but the effects are pretty well done in a cheesy 80's way. This coming from someone who isn't generally impressed by effects.
The waterbed scene alone is excellent. And kind of funny.
January 5, 2013
romy861

Super Reviewer

An ultra-stylish, guilty-pleasure sequel with a multi-layered character arc for the female protagonist who can tranpose interlopers into her dreams. Alice must mature from a shy, introverted side character to an impregnable warrior who can finally vanquish the culprit responsible for the deaths of her friends (and her wide-eyed naivete). Freddy has succumb to macabre one-liners and MTV-generation swagger (like a demonic James Dean), but, considering the prolific series, he cannot remain a frightening mystery forever.
January 1, 2011
Cory Taylor

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3 stars
September 8, 2010
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