Rafael "Parker!!" Jovine’s review published on Letterboxd:
This third installment, which is considered by many fans of the franchise to be the best of the bunch, proves that the series is one of those that, rather than getting worse with each sequel, in fact, maintains a consistency that is wholly unforeseen.
The picture successfully harkens back to the original's horror roots without completely abandoning the first film's tongue-in-cheek tone, thanks in large part to Robert Englund, who looks to be having a blast embodying the role of the monster.
One more point in its favor is that it avoids becoming stale by adding new elements to the story. Some elements, such as Krueger's origin and our protagonist's mystical and psychic skills, feel a bit open-ended, which could be seen as a cheap and easy way to get out of trouble or confront Freddy, but I think they're handled well and provide for a lot of fascinating possibilities, and Patricia does a wonderful job making the Kristen's character interesting. It was also great to see Heather again, and she doesn't just serve as a glorified cameo; but she genuinely adds a lot to the film. The deaths, as has become traditional, are also terrific, and I love that there is a genuine attempt to make a connection between the story's ending and the victims' actual struggles rather than just being random acts of murder. I like this addition as they add certain nuance to the film as a whole.
All in all, the film is undeniably great, and it succeeds in many respects in maintaining interest despite some slow patches and some filler.
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