A Nightmare on Elm Street
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A highly imaginative horror film that provides the requisite shocks to keep fans of the genre happy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A Nightmare on Elm Street... puts more emphasis on bizarre special effects, which aren't at all bad."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A smart, streamlined slasher with plenty under the bonnet."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"First feature for knife-handed horror idol Freddy."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Seeing the movie again, I was reminded that while the Krueger character did have some taunting, humorous dialogue, it was more eerie than funny. Krueger was truly a menacing, terrifying boogeyman in the beginning."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com
"Craven vitalizes the nightmare sequences with assorted surrealist novelties."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Still stands on its own as an intriguing and chilling example of how horror works best when the characters and the audience don't have to be lobotomized."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A top-flight terror classic that spawned seven sequels and a TV series."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"...a low-key horror effort that's ultimately not quite as enthralling as its premise might've indicated..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"... ingenious exploitation that plays on primal fears and subconscious anxieties..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"It's all good scary fun."
‑ Nicholas Royle, Time Out
"Not since the shower scene in Psycho did one director discover our most intimate vulnerabilities: in bed, while we're asleep, in a state of consciousness where absolutely no one could help us."
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"Craven knows which big, red Freudian buttons to push, turning Freddy into a true monster from the Id."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"An imaginative, menacing, and scary film with top notch performances, an original premise, and horrifying villain..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"...decidedly anti-art - at one point, a teen dozes off while reading Shakespeare - yet it still manages to rank among the top horror movies of all time."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
More reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street on Rotten Tomatoes

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