A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

The best of the Elm Street sequels, this creepy, surreal fantasy features terrific effects, a fine young cast, and an air of grim fatalism that sets it apart from its giggly successors. Patricia Arquette stars as Kristen, whose nightmare… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: February 27, 1987
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Debuting director Chuck Russell elicits poor performances from most of his thesps, making it difficult to differentiate between pic's comic relief and unintended howlers.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

While it's better than its predecessor, it's still not quite up to its inspiration.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a shame this is about as good as it got for the series...

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Time Out

A creepy score and Russell's sure grasp of the skewed logic of nightmares helps to sustain the ambiguity between the 'real' and 'dream' worlds, while Englund's Freddie now fits like a glove.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is filmmaking by the numbers, without soul.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the mental-hospital setting [is] certainly a refreshing change from the suburban atmosphere that dominated the first two films.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film's dream sequences are ingenious, and they feature some remarkable nightmare images and special effects.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Somehow A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors has always been just a bit more enjoyable than the typical horror sequel.

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Dustin Putman

The burn-faced night stalker simply doesn't make the impression here as he did in the former two installments

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
Great for its time and Freddy Kruger will always be a classic character!
Jason Calvin
This is probably my favorite entry in the series. "Dream Warriors" thankfully rebounds from the ridiculous "Freddy's Revenge", and… More
Nicki Marie
Pretty lame, in all honesty. Was looking forward to this one as it brings Nancy's character back in, but it still wasn't that good. Maybe my… More
jd cryptic
Tied with New Nightmare, this is my second favorite in the series. This is where Freddy Krueger becomes the comedian we grew to love. It displays some of the… More
Aj V
Alright, that's it, this is the last Elm St. movie I ever want to see! Here I thought that after that horrendous second movie this one would be worse, but… More
Alex roy
This is a redeeming sequel to the weaker Freddy's Revenge. What makes this film a better, more entertaining film is a strong cast, some terrific directing,… More