A Nightmare on Elm Street

Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. This "Nightmare" is mostly stale goods. You'd think Bayer's music video background would jibe well with the playful surreality of Craven's premise. But when not paying homage -- the claw in the bathtub, the morphing wall -- Bayer surprisingly traffics in factory-level horror atmospherics and loud, saw-it-coming shocks.
  2. 50
    The energy is missing in the remake because the techniques, which are replicated in a straightforward fashion, are stale.
  3. 50
    It’s moderately entertaining and instantly forgettable. Poor Freddy. I can’t help thinking he deserves better.
  4. The ninth film in the franchise is competent enough but it won’t freeze the heart or fire the imagination.
  5. 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.
  6. 50
    Jackie Earle Haley, the fans' choice to take on the role of Freddy Krueger in the remake of the 1984 boogeyman blockbuster A Nightmare on Elm Street proves stunningly, rousingly…adequate…for the job.
  7. By today's standards, it is only medium-bloody, though it's more than usually grim, its young protagonists sullen enough to qualify for the "Twilight" movies. Yet it affords precious little sadistic pleasure, partly because it "dares" to lay out more directly the pedophiliac demons plaguing Freddy the serial killer.
  8. 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.
  9. 42
    Somewhere, Wes Craven is laughing up his sleeve, and Robert Englund is grinning. It's nice to know that you're irreplaceable.
  10. The basic feeling you get out of this version is ‘been there-done that.’
  11. Less a nightmare than a case of bad indigestion, this ’80s horror reboot is a primer in the humorless recycling of potent pop culture.
  12. 40
    It was boring. So, so, so boring. It doesn’t even give Haley the courtesy of a bad-guy showcase; his face frozen and obscured behind burn prosthetics, he spends most of his time spitting distorted one-liners from the shadows, like some anonymous mob witness on an episode of Dateline NBC. It’s boring and a waste.
  13. Call it what you want, but the best word to describe it is: unnecessary.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 241 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 99
  2. Negative: 42 out of 99
  1. Sep 25, 2011
    4
    A remake horror movie that's worst than "Friday the 13th" (Remake version). It sure did give me 'nightmares'.
  2. Aug 5, 2011
    9
    I don't know why this movie gets a lot of negativity. There was nothing wrong with it except that there were a lot of jump scare scenes. TheI don't know why this movie gets a lot of negativity. There was nothing wrong with it except that there were a lot of jump scare scenes. The acting was actually good but I prefer the one playing Kris to be Nancy. The humour was better than the original with those epic one liners like Jesse: Oh my God! Freddy: No just me. The visuals were impressive which I expect because Michael Bay is involved in this one. The origin of Freddy was very well explained too. Don't listen to the critics and those who say that this lacks humour or it's way too serious because you know your watching a horror not a comedy right. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »