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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's not every day that one of our rogues' gallery of iconic psycho killers gets to be played by a creepy and fascinating actor -- in this case, Jackie Earle Haley taking on the role of Freddy Krueger.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Freddy simply isn't as scary as he used to be, even though Jackie Earle Haley, taking over from Robert Englund in the role, plays Krueger essentially straight, keeping the one-liners to a minimum.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The ninth film in the franchise is competent enough but it won’t freeze the heart or fire the imagination.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
By today's standards, it is only medium-bloody, though it's more than usually grim, its young protagonists sullen enough to qualify for the "Twilight" movies. Yet it affords precious little sadistic pleasure, partly because it "dares" to lay out more directly the pedophiliac demons plaguing Freddy the serial killer.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The energy is missing in the remake because the techniques, which are replicated in a straightforward fashion, are stale.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
So any "Nightmare" movie has a built-in handicap going in, but the better ones find ways to compensate, by casting appealing young actors (they're always young), by having imaginative dream sequences and - most important of all - by keeping the dreams short. By that standard, this new "Nightmare" is a fairly decent effort.
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40

Movieline

By S.T. Vanairsdale
It was boring. So, so, so boring. It doesn’t even give Haley the courtesy of a bad-guy showcase; his face frozen and obscured behind burn prosthetics, he spends most of his time spitting distorted one-liners from the shadows, like some anonymous mob witness on an episode of Dateline NBC. It’s boring and a waste.
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
The back-to-the-beginning approach unimaginatively goes through the motions, offering scant justification for its boring existence, at least from an artistic point of view.
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20

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Don't blame Haley, though. Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer's screenplay goes in the wrong direction entirely, dropping Freddy's sick sense of humor while turning him into a generic bogeyman.
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35 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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