I will be blunt. I hated the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The redesign of Freddy's appearance doesn't sit too well with me. I had heard that the crew were going to make Freddy scary again. This really didn't materialise. I'd actually prefer Robert Englund in the role of Freddy using the original make-up that has made the character a classic.
The `witty' one-liners that Krueger comes out with are just terrible and had me cringing at multiple points during the movie, "how's this for a wet dream?" springs to mind. Uttered when Nancy is running down a hall and the floor turns to some kind of tar-like substance. Other cringe-worthy one-liners include "I'm your boyfriend now", "your mouth says no but your body says yeeeeessssssss" and "I'm your nightmare". Truthfully, most of them are taken from the previous films, but they really don't age well at all.
On a more positive note, the re-tooling of Freddy's background was an effective alteration. In the original, Freddy is a child murderer, but in this "reimagining" he is a child molester. This helps significantly in making him more evil and really pushes you more towards hating the man. Rooney Mara is also specifically notable as her fantastic portrayal of Nancy brings the rating of the film up a little.
Nevertheless, this isn't enough to save this abysmal remake. Awful CGI (the blood Nancy falls out of in a dream), poor story progression and ineffective plot twists, not to mention the various obvious plot-holes and mistakes altogether with the fact that it's just not scary make this very so-so indeed.