So Bad, It's Good: Some fans find the film as such. It's trying to be an Elm Street film and some of the comedic deaths are still in line with Freddy's personality. Most even think that makes Freddy scarier because of unpredictability and how he can catch his victims off guard since, when it comes down to it, it's all just a game to him.
Special Effect Failure: The special effects in general aren't up to the quality seen in the previous three entries, though this can be explained by the fact that the film-makers were consciously going for a Lighter and Softer feel, rather than the dark, gory style of most of the previous entries. The 3D effects added to Freddy's death (both of them), on the other hand, are inexcusably bad.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A story about Freddy finishing off Springwood and moving on to another town could have been epic. Instead, it's just glossed over.
WTH, Casting Agency?: Seriously what are Tom Arnold and Rosanne (who were married at the time) doing in this film?