A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews

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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.
May 6, 2011
Freddy's back -- and he's slicker and more sinister than ever.
May 21, 2010
Compared to the flamboyance of Robert Englund in the 1980s, Jackie Earle Haley as the crazed Freddy Krueger is more lumbering man-child than demonic daddy.
May 14, 2010
It's the Bay touch you feel in the way actors register as body count, characters go undeveloped, and sensation trumps feeling. A nightmare, indeed.
May 13, 2010
To call the film patterned to fit would be a blazing understatement.
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.
May 6, 2010
Freddy Kruger deserves better and so do we.
May 6, 2010
This is the worst yet from Michael Bay's horror production company Platinum Dunes, which also brought you rubbish re-makes of Halloween and Friday the 13th.
May 5, 2010
Jackie Earle Haley's Krueger is a blast, but the child-molester twist is more depressingly clinical than dream-logic harrowing.
April 30, 2010
The result of the new Nightmare is, at best, a kind of stand-off between predictability and competent execution.
April 30, 2010
A Nightmare on Elm Street may be the most unneeded movie of the year. And that's saying something.
April 30, 2010
Traffics in overly familiar scare tactics, setting up predictable false alarms and telegraphing in advance just when Freddy will pop into the frame and utter one of his labored witticisms.
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.
April 30, 2010
All we can think of is how much we miss the Robert Englund Freddy. Man, that guy knew how to have a killer good time.
April 30, 2010
To the audience suckered into paying to see this, here's why your generation sucks.
April 30, 2010
This moody, lifeless movie rips off lines, scenes, dream sequences and character kills from Craven's film ... while draining them of energy, suspense and meaning.
April 30, 2010
People have dreams and either get their guts ripped out or don't get their gets ripped out. And then, after 90 or so minutes are used up, the movie finds some weak pretext for ending.
April 30, 2010
The new Nightmare is a straight, shiny, honorable remake.
April 30, 2010
There are a lot of things wrong with this remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, not least of which is that it was made at all.
April 30, 2010
The remake has dumbed-down its source to a genre it always transcended: the slice-and-dice, snip-and-quip gore film.
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