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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: 34 out of 88
  2. Negative: 36 out of 88
  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. 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 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. MarkR
    May 3, 2010
    8
    I saw it Friday night, the whole time I was thinking did the critics see the same movie. Was is great no, was it bad no. I thought it was good for what it was. For all u morons who take this movie way to serious and personal, grow up it 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 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, Nightmare is produced by Michael Bay, that is, it's flat and lifeless. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2010
    2
    I am not a fan of the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in fact I did not like it much at all mostly due to the fact that for a movie with it's reputation it lacked everything a great horror film needs it just fell flat when I needed it to soar. Sometime in mid to late '09, I started hearing rumors that New Line Cinema was looking to reboot the famed Nightmare on Elm Street franchise but then I had not seen the original so I had no interest in watching the remake. Well after much speculation and some minor hype for this film I sat down to see the much talked about remake to the popular 1984 slasher film. Little did I know that I was in for a treat and a sour disappointment? Samuel Bayer's (another music video director trying to make it big) "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was not the nightmare I had hoped for it lacked depth of character and enough twist and turns to really be called a true horror film instead it comes off as a two bit SyFy channel "horror" film. That comes complete with hooky dialogue, extremely poor acting, predictability on a scale so high that you almost want to laugh at this films expense and trust me when I say this, you will! The "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake makes the original and other horror remakes (The Ring, The Crazies) look so good in comparison. Samuel Bayer's â 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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