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A Nightmare on Elm Street [2010]


Several young men and young women discover that they are all having the same terrifying dreams, which include a horribly disfigured man wearing knives on his hands. They soon begin to die, one by one. Also with Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Rooney Mara, Connie Britton and Katie Cassidy. Directed by Sam Bayer. [1:30 - R]


thumbs up

"The latest example of a 're-imagining' that actually succeeds...With its deliberate pace, atmospheric approach, and desire to tell a more serious, somber story, [Sam] Bayer and his cast create a truly memorable monster movie."

- Bill Gibron

thumbs down

"Don't call this a reimagining, people, because imagination is the last thing at work here -- good ol' Fred loses any sense of playful shock he once possessed and turns into a generic figure meticulously manufactured to simultaneously gross and freak us out. It doesn't work."

- Jen Chaney



Bill Gibron | Filmcritic.com
Owen Gleiberman | EW
Kevin Carr | FilmSchoolRejects.com
Chris Hewitt | St. Paul Pioneer Press
Chris Vognar | Dallas Morning News
Liam Lacey | Globe & Mail
Mick LaSalle | San Francisco Chronicle
Robert Abele | Los Angeles Times
James Berardinelli | ReelViews
A.O. Scott | New York Times
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Michael Phillips | Chicago Tribune
Rene Rodriguez | Miami Herald
David Medsker | Bullz-Eye.com
Steve Persall | St. Petersburg Times
Stephen Garrett | Time Out New York
Bill Goodykoontz | Arizona Republic
Colin Covert | startribune.com
Ed Gonzalez | Slant Magazine
Michael Rechtshaffen | Hollywood Reporter
Dennis Harvey | Variety
Andrew O'Hehir | Salon.com
Keith Phipps | Onion AV Club
Roger Ebert | Chicago Sun-Times
Kyle Smith | New York Post
Elizabeth Weitzman | New York Daily News
Jen Chaney | Washington Post

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