A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

This fourth trip down Freddy Lane was the most successful at the box-office, but although it has some impressive visuals, it is mostly an empty film. Credit must go to the effects team for some fine work, but otherwise, this entry from the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: August 19, 1988
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Consistently watchable and inventive.

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Caryn James
New York Times

Though the Elm Street series contains the most intelligent premise in current genre films, none of the movies take much advantage of their potential.

David Nusair

...an obvious low point within this incredibly uneven series.

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Variety Staff

Robert Englund, receiving star billing for the first time, is delightful in his frequent incarnations as Freddy, delivering his gag lines with relish and making the grisly proceedings funny.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

As always, the teen actors are disposable, and even Robert Englund seems to be sleepwalking through Freddy.

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Karen Krizanovich
Empire Magazine

Surprisingly watchable for the third sequel and despite its general predictability it's entertainingly inventive.

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Time Out

While some of the monotonous effects are strikingly surreal, Harlin's direction creates an atmosphere which is more morbid than scary.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

The lesser of the "Nightmare" sequels, but serviceable more surreal one nevertheless...

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TV Guide

With each entry, the films become more removed from their source. Freddy just isn't scary anymore.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
After being scared to death by Freddy in the first and third movie, I was expecting more sleepless nights with watching this film, but no, not really.… More
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3 stars
Nicki Marie
I actually really enjoyed this 4th installment of the Elm street films. Tuesday Knight resumes Patricia Arquette's role of Kristen. Actually, I know I… More
jd cryptic
Directed by Renny Harlin (director of Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea, Mindhunters, and Exorcist: The Beginning). Elm Street 4… More
Cory Taylor
An ultra-stylish, guilty-pleasure sequel with a multi-layered character arc for the female protagonist who can tranpose interlopers into her dreams. Alice must… More
Alex roy
Although not as great as Dream Warriors, this film still has strong moments, and is a terrific film in the Nightmare series. This is one of the first films in… More