"...may not be the best-made movie in Wes Craven's series, but it is the most entertaining."
— Luke Y. Thompson, E! Online
"...finds a way to live up to its gory past while it carves out new terrors in new ways (new media helps). The kills themselves are both bountiful and bloody, the movie references are brilliant and bloody, the funny is very frequent and very frequently bloody, but to say any more would ruin the boo."
— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"...somewhat entertaining, occasionally scary and only sporadically migraine-inducing in its level of Jesuitical, self-referential cleverness..."
— Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
"The modern homage it pays to its predecessors turns out to be the best thing about the film. Unfortunately, that accounts for only the first 20 minutes."
— Claudia Puig, USA Today
"...instead of creating something sensationally subversive like his surreal Freddy Krueger deconstruction Wes Craven's New Nightmare, the director goes back to the dead pool, and the audience can't help but drown."
— Bill Gibron, filmcritic.com
"...unengaged and overlong..."
— Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice