A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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.

    Jen Chaney — Washington Post

  • Haley's a fine actor, but he was far scarier in the suburban drama Little Children. And Englund's unpredictable presence is definitely missed.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • ... Like watching a brilliant garage band's sparse, smart singles turned into loud, expensive, overproduced karaoke sing-along versions with the same notes and lyrics but none of the passion and power.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • I stared at A Nightmare on Elm Street with weary resignation. The movie consists of a series of teenagers who are introduced, haunted by nightmares and then slashed to death by Freddy. So what?

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • I've seen far worse horror remakes, but let's not grade on too much of a curve: This Nightmare offers dutifully grinding thrills of a routine sort.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Using blasts of shrill, high-decibel noise in place of actual scares has become a common horror-movie tactic, the cinematic equivalent of botox, silicone, and penile-enhancement surgery.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Like a cover band with more stagecraft than talent, A Nightmare on Elm Street looks good recycling "greatest hits" moments but fails to capture the excitement of the original.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street may be the most unneeded movie of the year. And that's saying something.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • While the 1984 film has aged, its now-familiar jolts still pack more punch than this pic's recycled ones, which sometimes register so tepidly as to cause snickers.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • To the audience suckered into paying to see this, here's why your generation sucks.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • It's a movie that starts slowly, and only starts moving us to the edge of our seat in the third act, adequate for a horror picture, but no more.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • 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.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Freddy's back -- and he's slicker and more sinister than ever.

    Christine Champ — Film.com

  • The result of the new Nightmare is, at best, a kind of stand-off between predictability and competent execution.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • 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.

    Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com

  • Welcome to 2010, Freddy Krueger. You were scarier in 1984.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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