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  • Summary: Nancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean all live on Elm Street. At night, they're all having the same dream--of the same man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, a beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. And they're allNancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean all live on Elm Street. At night, they're all having the same dream--of the same man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, a beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. And they're all hearing the same frightening voice...one by one, he terrorizes them within the curved walls of their dreams, where the rules are his, and the only way out is to wake up. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. So any "Nightmare" movie has a built-in handicap going in, but the better ones find ways to compensate, by casting appealing young actors (they're always young), by having imaginative dream sequences and - most important of all - by keeping the dreams short. By that standard, this new "Nightmare" is a fairly decent effort.
  2. 50
    The energy is missing in the remake because the techniques, which are replicated in a straightforward fashion, are stale.
  3. Less a nightmare than a case of bad indigestion, this ’80s horror reboot is a primer in the humorless recycling of potent pop culture.
  4. 38
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    30
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    12
    Good ol' Fred loses any sense of playful shock he once possessed and turns into a generic figure meticulously manufactured to simultaneously gross and freak us out. It doesn't work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 92
  2. Negative: 38 out of 92
  1. Nov 9, 2010
    10
    Oscar Worthy. The way Samuel Bayer pulls off the tension and brilliant interaction between the characters is astounding. Freddy Kruger belongsOscar Worthy. The way Samuel Bayer pulls off the tension and brilliant interaction between the characters is astounding. Freddy Kruger belongs in the high elite club of film characters such as Atticus Finch, The Godfather, And General Patton. An absolutely incredible film, that has to be seen by everyone, young and old. Expand
  2. JacobS
    May 4, 2010
    9
    What a remake should look like. It was creepy, the actor's were more than competent, and Jackie Earle Haley was absolutely fantastic. I What a remake should look like. It was creepy, the actor's were more than competent, and Jackie Earle Haley was absolutely fantastic. I don't understand the low ratings. The only con to this movie was that it had a bit too many jump scares. Other than that, a great movie. Expand
  3. SamP
    May 4, 2010
    8
    Thought this was a good remake. Not the best horror remake I have seen in awhile, but a good one. Weak spots I thought was a less than Thought this was a good remake. Not the best horror remake I have seen in awhile, but a good one. Weak spots I thought was a less than stellar script and the lead actress. While watching it I thought the actress playing Kris could have played a better nancy. Mara was just too blah for me, not the looks cause she is good looking, but the acting. Haley was the man in this movie. Making Freddy more realistic and less killer clown. Solid remake, not as bad as I have read. Expand
  4. Jun 3, 2012
    4
    The movie is ok,The thing i hated about the movie Freddy is not like the 1984 Freddy.Robert Englund put jokes while killing his victims andThe movie is ok,The thing i hated about the movie Freddy is not like the 1984 Freddy.Robert Englund put jokes while killing his victims and had fun with it,while, Jaikie is just boreing Expand
  5. Nov 7, 2012
    3
    Despite its bold recreation of the legendary movie monster and the spellbinding dream world created with the aid of modern technology,Despite its bold recreation of the legendary movie monster and the spellbinding dream world created with the aid of modern technology, Nightmare is produced by Michael Bay, that is, it's flat and lifeless. Expand
  6. Aug 20, 2011
    2
    I Have Seen some of the new Horror Remakes and this is one of The Worst i mean Freddy's Makeup is ok but the Kill Scenes Are Generic and TheI Have Seen some of the new Horror Remakes and this is one of The Worst i mean Freddy's Makeup is ok but the Kill Scenes Are Generic and The Acting is Horrible the Guy Who Plays Freddy is Aboslutly Horrible and doesnt fit the Role Well at all This is a Remake that Features new Versions Of Classic Scenes but Its Not the Same and its redone Poorly. The Characters are Lame and Boring and And Worst of all Freddy Has no Peronality and all he is is just A Poor Mans Copy of the Original Freddy This is a Remake that You Should Stay Far Away from! Expand
  7. ChristianV.
    May 3, 2010
    0
    Waste of money. Bad Character development. Bad script/story. Nothing scary about it. Period.

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