A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews

A Nightmare on Elm Street


Genre :

Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

Release Date :

April 30, 2010

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Samuel Bayer

Starring :

Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Kyle Gallner, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 4

“..Welcome to 2010, Freddy Krueger. You were scarier in 1984..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
2 of 4

“..Too many more remakes as dull and bland as A Nightmare on Elm Street could kill off horror movies for good..”
by Rene Rodriguez [Miami Herald]
Review rate : B+

“..the story's a bit slavishly faithful, but overall, it's a worthy Freddy follow-up..”
by Luke Y. Thompson [E! Online]
Review rate : B-

“..the new Nightmare on Elm Street is a by-the-numbers bad dream that plays a little too much like a corporately ordered rerun..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
2 of 5

“..New technology is a good excuse for remaking films these days but surprisingly this Nightmare really isn't even as technically effective as Wes Craven's 26 year old original..”
by Pete Hammond [Boxoffice Magazine]
2 of 4

“..like any number of scary television series..”
by Liam Lacey [Globe and Mail]
2 of 5

“..It's not terrible. It's just . . . superfluous..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
“..It's moderately entertaining and instantly forgettable..”
by A.O. Scott [NY Times]
2 of 4

“..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..”
by Roger Moore [Orlando Sentinel]
“..In the end, your last fever dream about failing to study for an exam was probably scarier..”
by Robert Abele [LA Times]
Review rate : D

“..In fact it's gotten worse..”
by Gary Thompson [Philadelphia Daily News]
1 of 5

“..If all you're looking for are cheap scares, you'll find a few minor jolts and a decent - though not interesting or unusual - amount of gore..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [NY Daily News]
2.5 of 4

“..almost completely redundant..”
by Jeff Shannon [Seattle Times]
Review rate : C-

“..A Nightmare on Elm Street is somnambulant enough without having to watch characters yawn and rub their eyes while trying to not doze..”
by Steve Persall [St. Petersburg Times]
1.5 of 4

“.."A Nightmare on Elm Street" looks good recycling "greatest hits" moments but fails to capture the excitement of the original..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
2 of 4

“.."A Nightmare on Elm Street" isn't a nightmare so much as it is a series of missed opportunities..”
by Jeff Vice [Deseret News]

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by Roger Moore [Movienation]


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