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A Nightmare on Elm Street

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The film that brings back horror icon Freddy Krueger as a darker and more sinister character than ever before. While Freddy is on the prowl a group of teenagers being stalked soon learn they all have a common factor making them targets for this twisted killer.

Actors: Christian Stolte , Rooney Mara , Connie Britton , Clancy Brown , Thomas Dekker , Kellan Lutz , Kyle Gallner , Katie Cassidy , Jackie Earle Haley
Directors: Samuel Bayer
Country: USA
Release: 2010-04-30
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's not every day that one of our rogues' gallery of iconic psycho killers gets to be played by a creepy and fascinating actor -- in this case, Jackie Earle Haley taking on the role of Freddy Krueger.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    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.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The energy is missing in the remake because the techniques, which are replicated in a straightforward fashion, are stale.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The ninth film in the franchise is competent enough but it won’t freeze the heart or fire the imagination.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    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.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    It’s moderately entertaining and instantly forgettable. Poor Freddy. I can’t help thinking he deserves better.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Somewhere, Wes Craven is laughing up his sleeve, and Robert Englund is grinning. It's nice to know that you're irreplaceable.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • S.T. Vanairsdale

    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.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Call it what you want, but the best word to describe it is: unnecessary.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephen Garrett

    Less a nightmare than a case of bad indigestion, this ’80s horror reboot is a primer in the humorless recycling of potent pop culture.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    The basic feeling you get out of this version is ‘been there-done that.’

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    The back-to-the-beginning approach unimaginatively goes through the motions, offering scant justification for its boring existence, at least from an artistic point of view.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    For all the filmmakers' talk about reinvigorating the franchise for a new generation, and all their attention to technical details, this is a sloppily conceived remake with no passion for the genre or this story behind it, a movie that assumes its audience is brain-dead and likes it that way. Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    I stared at A Nightmare on Elm Street with weary resignation. The movie consists of a series of teenagers who are introduced, haunted by nightmares and then slashed to death by Freddy. So what? Are we supposed to be scared?

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Though Freddy is basically the same guy as in the 1984 original, his back story is different. For a few minutes the movie threatens to become interesting -- then retreats.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Director Samuel Bayer, a veteran commercial and music video director responsible for Nirvana’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit Video” back when the original Nightmare series was still a going concern, brings a slick visual sense but not a hint of vision.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Don't blame Haley, though. Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer's screenplay goes in the wrong direction entirely, dropping Freddy's sick sense of humor while turning him into a generic bogeyman.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Using blasts of shrill, high-decibel noise in place of actual scares has become a common horror-movie tactic, the cinematic equivalent of botox, silicone, and penile-enhancement surgery. Producer Michael Bay and director Samuel Bayer deploy the tactic so regularly in this remake of Wes Craven's 1984 classic that after a while I just plugged my ears.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
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