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A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
So generic, so lazy, and so forgettable they may as well have "we're not even trying" plastered across the bottom of the screen.
David Keyes
October 5, 2014
It replaces the fascinating context of Freddie Krueger's existence with a seemingly endless exercise in violence and unrelenting pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
March 8, 2014
The real nightmare is the tragic lack of creativity in this new look of one of the genre's greatest characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 18, 2014
I still like the characters from the first film, and these kids were cardboard shadows of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
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
Jeff Beck
September 24, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
April 8, 2012
An homage to Craven's vision that is believably earnest in execution and completely faithful in spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
April 3, 2012
Mara and Gallner make an attractive couple on the lam and Haley, as Freddy Krueger, hams it up to an almost alarming degree.
| Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2011
Haley offers a darker, meaner take on the iconic character.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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-
Emanuel Levy
August 18, 2011
There's really no reason to see this dreadful picture; better to rent the 1984 feature.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Christine Champ
May 6, 2011
Freddy's back -- and he's slicker and more sinister than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Joshua Starnes
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
Dave White
April 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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
Brian Juergens
October 13, 2010
Like many horror fans, I approached viewing the recent remake of the post-slasher classic with extremely low expectations. Not low enough, though!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 5, 2010
...it has nothing new to say and works with an original that didn't need remaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Simon Foster
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.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
July 29, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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