McKellen gives one of the year's great performances.
| Original Score: 5/5
Stephen King's 1982 Different Seasons collection has been a gold mine for moviemakers:
"Pupil" demonstrates Singer's eye for framing shots and his skill in bringing out the best in his stars. Even so, there's something amiss here.
It's a story that has taken 10 years to get to the screen at least, but what kept it from the screen for so long was lost when it was finally filmed.
| Original Score: 4
No hace mas que dejarnos la sensación de que o bien el director fue una llamarada de petate o el escritor vio pasar sus mejores momentos hace ya varios años
| Original Score: 2/4
Nothing about the movie even makes sense!
Renfro and McKellen are nothing short of spectacular, but with all things considered, Apt Pupil just isn't a very well thought-out picture.
The most disappointing thing about Apt Pupil is the lack of sustained tension generated by director Bryan Singer.
When bodies are buried in cellars and cats are thrown into lighted ovens, the film reveals itself as unworthy of its subject matter.
King fans will be outraged denouncing the filmmakers as gutless flakes smothering the true horror of Apt Pupil so the film would be more acceptable to the general public.
If Bowden's motivations were clearer, Apt Pupil might have gone somewhere interesting.
| Original Score: 4/10
Flat, undistinguished workmanship!
A methodically slow psychological thriller!
Drama in distress!
We expect a probing examination of the essence of evil, but the film stays too close to the surface to deliver any insight.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
| Original Score: 1/4
It's sad that for a story with such potential, it was never allowed to materialize fully on the big screen. Rent it for McKellen's performance.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mr. McKellen, surely the finest living British actor, is the best reason to see Apt Pupil.
A powerful and disturbing movie!