Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes
New York Times:
A Nightmare on Elm Street... puts more emphasis on bizarre special effects, which aren't at all bad.
J. R. Jones,
Craven vitalizes the nightmare sequences with assorted surrealist novelties.
Still stands on its own as an intriguing and chilling example of how horror works best when the characters and the audience don't have to be lobotomized.
A highly imaginative horror film that provides the requisite shocks to keep fans of the genre happy.