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A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews

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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
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
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
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-
May 6, 2011
Freddy's back -- and he's slicker and more sinister than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 22, 2010
Haley just ain't no Englund, no matter how much he tries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
May 7, 2010
Complete lack of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
April 30, 2010
Where Craven's film was campy, Bayer's movie is just plain dark.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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
April 30, 2010
The new Nightmare is a straight, shiny, honorable remake.
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