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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. The ninth film in the franchise is competent enough but it won’t freeze the heart or fire the imagination.
  2. 50
    Freddy simply isn't as scary as he used to be, even though Jackie Earle Haley, taking over from Robert Englund in the role, plays Krueger essentially straight, keeping the one-liners to a minimum.
  3. Call it what you want, but the best word to describe it is: unnecessary.
  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: 35 out of 84
  2. Negative: 31 out of 84
  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 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. Jan 4, 2013
    8
    Personally, I think this movie gets far too much negativity than it deserves. Is it better than the original? No. But how can it be. The original has now been put on such a high pedestal that everyone has forgotten all of its flaws. This movie is cursed with having to fill extremely large shoes that I doubt anyone could fill. Jackie Earle Haley is no where near as good as Robert Englund, but doesn't do a bad job either, Englund did have 7 movies to get it right after all. Overall: I think this is a great film and I really hope they continue with the series, I just hope that they listen to the fans a bit more for the next film. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2013
    6
    No. The remake is not as good as the original movie. However, I did still enjoy it. Haley's performance as Krueger is by far the best part of this remake. The other actors, while they didn't strike me as really bad, seemed boring in comparison to the original. The most notable being Nancy, who in the original was strong and very well-developed, where as here she is kind of boring and not really the main focus until 30-40 minutes into the movie. A lot of the classic scenes are re-imagined here, but almost all of them lack the appeal that they had in the original. One thing that does need to be mentioned is the ridiculous amount of jump scares. There are over 30 jump scares in a 90 minute movie. Where as some of them are well done, it feels stale after the first few times. Overall, if you really like Freddy and you want to see him in action, check this movie out. Otherwise, stick with the original. Expand
  4. Oct 5, 2010
    4
    This movie was rather generic. There were a few cool sequences here and there, but those sequences are what a 'Nightmare' movie should be filled with: creative and ironic dreamscapes. This one only offered a few of them. Freddy was only semi-intimidating and changing his voice to a wierd growl was more of a distraction than scary. But in comparison, it was a better movie than Friday the 13th (2009) and Prom Night (2008), and about as good as Halloween (2007) which isn't saying much. I'd say don't even bother renting it, but if it's on tv (and it probably will be in a few months), then its worth checking out. Expand
  5. 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 and had fun with it,while, Jaikie is just boreing Expand
  6. Dec 13, 2011
    2
    The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street isn't a bad film because of complete lack of competence. On the contrary, on a technical level, the stunts and effects are handled extremely well. What makes it a particularly sub-par film is the fact that it's so empty below the surface. Whereas the original was a thinking man's horror film, this version substitutes original ideas and genuinely scary imagery for cheap thrills and an abundance of gore. As a remake, it has little new to offer - every scene that "pays tribute" to the original is a pale shadow in comparison, and the few original ideas are lazy and completely lacking in the ability to scare. Though Jackie Earle Haley makes a decent enough Freddie Krueger, somehow the character loses all power and sense of threat with the filmmakers' decision to flesh out his backstory - he was scary in the original because he was an enigma! The vast majority of the cast are laughable in their performances (though at least Rooney Mara looks like she's trying) and the script is abysmal. Even after all this, the main crime this remake commits is not that it isn't fit to lick the boots of Wes Craven's chilling classic, it's that it simply isn't scary. It's unsubtle, dumb, and about as terrifying as a trip to your local post office. Thank goodness Wes Craven had nothing to do with this insulting version of his seminal horror creation, but at least he can still dream of the good old days, when original ideas still counted for something in filmmaking. Expand
  7. Feb 7, 2011
    0
    I new this would flop the moment I heard Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes were making it and all I can say is:

    Try not to fall asleep as it is
    truly that bad! Expand

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