Teens (Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner) struggle to stay awake when a razor-gloved killer (Jackie Earle Haley) invades their dreams.
" Even for those most receptive to the tongue-in-cheek tone here, McKee and Silvertson's in-joke will likely rate just middling on the scale of subversive hilarity. "
" I did jump a few times, and I liked Haley's dour malevolence, but overall, the new Nightmare on Elm Street is a by-the-numbers bad dream. "
" Traffics in overly familiar scare tactics, setting up predictable false alarms and telegraphing in advance just when Freddy will pop into the frame and utter one of his labored witticisms. "
" As an exercise in "re-imagining," to use Hollywood's favorite rehash euphemism, this Nightmare is mostly stale goods. "
" Haley's a fine actor, but he was far scarier in the suburban drama Little Children. And Englund's unpredictable presence is definitely missed. "
" It's the Bay touch you feel in the way actors register as body count, characters go undeveloped, and sensation trumps feeling. A nightmare, indeed. "
" To the audience suckered into paying to see this, here's why your generation sucks. "
" The remake has dumbed-down its source to a genre it always transcended: the slice-and-dice, snip-and-quip gore film. "
" Freddy's back -- and he's slicker and more sinister than ever. "
" Like a cover band with more stagecraft than talent, A Nightmare on Elm Street looks good recycling "greatest hits" moments but fails to capture the excitement of the original. "
" This moody, lifeless movie rips off lines, scenes, dream sequences and character kills from Craven's film ... while draining them of energy, suspense and meaning. "
" All we can think of is how much we miss the Robert Englund Freddy. Man, that guy knew how to have a killer good time. "
" The jump scares, given a little extra oomph by the ever-looming possibility of a double wake-up, do what they're supposed to do. They make you jump. "
" People have dreams and either get their guts ripped out or don't get their gets ripped out. And then, after 90 or so minutes are used up, the movie finds some weak pretext for ending. "
" Welcome to 2010, Freddy Krueger. You were scarier in 1984. "
" This is the worst yet from Michael Bay's horror production company Platinum Dunes, which also brought you rubbish re-makes of Halloween and Friday the 13th. "
" There are a lot of things wrong with this remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, not least of which is that it was made at all. "
" The new Nightmare is a straight, shiny, honorable remake. "
" A Nightmare on Elm Street may be the most unneeded movie of the year. And that's saying something. "
" Jackie Earle Haley's Krueger is a blast, but the child-molester twist is more depressingly clinical than dream-logic harrowing. "
" The result of the new Nightmare is, at best, a kind of stand-off between predictability and competent execution. "
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