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A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews



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Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 88

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    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is tailor made for those who like their gore leavened with thought-provoking ideas - something that is a rarity in this genre.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly

    Some of the effects remain nicely repulsive; Freddy himself comes across as a genuinely nasty piece of work, far removed from his later incarnation.

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  • 80

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a highly imaginative horror film that provides the requisite shocks to keep fans of the genre happy.

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  • 70

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    The New York TimesVincent Canby

    A Nightmare on Elm Street puts more emphasis on bizarre special effects, which aren't at all bad.

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