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A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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
May 6, 2011
Freddy's back -- and he's slicker and more sinister than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve Newall
July 22, 2010
Haley just ain't no Englund, no matter how much he tries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
May 7, 2010
Does it matter that the plot is little more than a cynical, machine-tooled retread of the 1984 original? Debut director Samuel Bayer was not hired to dismantle the franchise but to shoot it afresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Black
May 7, 2010
Complete lack of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
May 6, 2010
It's well-made and rattles along at a fair old pace, predictably leaving the way open for another 130-odd deaths in the inevitable glut of sequels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
May 5, 2010
As pointless remakes go, this is by no means the worst of them, thanks to a decent cast and a liberal use of shock and gore, though the 2010 Freddy is significantly less scary than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
May 3, 2010
The set pieces are well created and Jackie Earle Haley does a fine job (don't forget, he's not only dealing with the character but with the knowledge that Robert Englund will always be associated with the role).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
May 2, 2010
Those who are old enough to have fond memories of the original are probably too old for this Nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 1, 2010
Mindlessly entertaining, slick and stylishly creepy albeit deficient in real surprises and visceral scares. It's a cut above the recent slew of horror remakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.75/10
Peter Hall
April 30, 2010
Jackie Earle Haley is an excellent successor to the original's Robert Englund. Freddy Krueger isn't just scary again, he's the most disturbing he's ever been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
April 30, 2010
Haley's Krueger doesn't just look like a deeply unhinged burn victim out for gruesome revenge, he is a complete embodiment of evil. And it's terrifying.
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
April 30, 2010
This is just Nightmare 9 and you can believe this is the real backstory they never told you before, not that nonsense about the three flying heads.
Cole Smithey
April 30, 2010
Where Craven's film was campy, Bayer's movie is just plain dark.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin A. Ranson
April 30, 2010
By focusing on the monster instead of teen iniquities and daring to move past innuendo into fact, this Nightmare surpasses its predecessors to out-menace them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4.0
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 30, 2010
The new Nightmare is a straight, shiny, honorable remake.
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