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New York Times:
Though the Elm Street series contains the most intelligent premise in current genre films, none of the movies take much advantage of their potential.
While some of the monotonous effects are strikingly surreal, Harlin's direction creates an atmosphere which is more morbid than scary.
Robert Englund, receiving star billing for the first time, is delightful in his frequent incarnations as Freddy, delivering his gag lines with relish and making the grisly proceedings funny.
As always, the teen actors are disposable, and even Robert Englund seems to be sleepwalking through Freddy.