A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

In the fifth installment in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, Alice (Lisa Wilcox) begins the film with the notion that she is safe after she vanquished the evil Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) by learning how to battle the dreamworld… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 11, 1989
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2000
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The series here takes a depressing nosedive into zero-degree filmmaking.

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Caryn James
New York Times

A genre film that won't totally insult your intelligence or your eyes.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

At the end of the day while it does little to progress the mythos, it's still an enjoyable entry in to the series that entertains consistently.

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Variety Staff

Fifth edition of the hit Nightmare series is a poorly constructed special effects showcase.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

As for Englund, he still looks as if he's been working at Domino's too long, and he still sounds as if he's stealing his material from Don Rickles.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The progressively convoluted nature of its storyline ultimately stands as A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child's most egregious failing...

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Time Out

A flimsily plotted but visually impressive addition to the endless Freddy Krueger saga.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

Don't wait for this one to come out on video-see it in the theatre and sit close to the screen. Roller coasters are always better at the front.

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TV Guide

Director Stephen Hopkins does an imaginative job in visualizing the bizarre, freely associative nightmares and produces some memorably surrealistic scenes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
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3 stars
Conner Rainwater
Not too bad. Some of the better death scenes in the series. Freddy also got a bigger role, which is never a bad thing. I think that the series tended to get a… More
jd cryptic
The Dream Child is my least favorite in the whole series. Stephen Hopkins is a horrible director. I was so disappointed with part 5. Good performances, good… More
Film Crazy
i saw the 1st i think then thought these are so crap so boring and just poor not even scary
Alex roy
Even though every Nightmare film has tried something new in the past, this one really doesn't offer anything much. However this film does have great… More
Jason Owens
I like Nightmare on Elm Street parts 2, 3, and 4. "A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 - The Dream Child" isn't the worst movie of the series, but… More