A Nightmare on Elm Street
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Platinum Dunes revives the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with this reworking of slasher film legend Freddy Krueger, a deceased child killer who torments the dreams of the teenagers of Springwood, OH. Jackie Earle Haley picks up the killer's mantle from series veteran Robert Englund with the reboot from music-video director Samuel Bayer. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I did jump a few times, and I liked Haley's dour malevolence, but overall, the new Nightmare on Elm Street is a by-the-numbers bad dream."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"This is the worst yet from Michael Bay's horror production company Platinum Dunes, which also brought you rubbish re-makes of Halloween and Friday the 13th."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"The real nightmare is the tragic lack of creativity in this new look of one of the genre's greatest characters."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"This flimsy remake is a nightmare and unworthy of your time."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Mara and Gallner make an attractive couple on the lam and Haley, as Freddy Krueger, hams it up to an almost alarming degree."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"Freddy's back -- and he's slicker and more sinister than ever."
‑ Christine Champ, Film.com
"Jackie Earle Haley's Krueger is a blast, but the child-molester twist is more depressingly clinical than dream-logic harrowing."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"I still like the characters from the first film, and these kids were cardboard shadows of them."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Many people have already made the mistake of holding this film up to the original, expecting it to be just as good, but it just isn't. However, taken on its own, it's still an entertaining horror film and an interesting take on the material."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Haley offers a darker, meaner take on the iconic character."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The result of the new Nightmare is, at best, a kind of stand-off between predictability and competent execution."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This Elm Street reeks of a rushed cash-grab, as even the most reliable of clichéd shocks fail to register on the fright-o-meter."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"An homage to Craven's vision that is believably earnest in execution and completely faithful in spirit."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"There's really no reason to see this dreadful picture; better to rent the 1984 feature."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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