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Apt Pupil Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves

McKellen gives one of the year's great performances.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 23, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Stephen King's 1982 Different Seasons collection has been a gold mine for moviemakers:

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 28, 2006
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

"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.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 21, 2002

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4

June 15, 2001

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

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2001
Elizabeth Weitzman
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Nothing about the movie even makes sense!

January 1, 2000
Dustin Putman

Renfro and McKellen are nothing short of spectacular, but with all things considered, Apt Pupil just isn't a very well thought-out picture.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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The most disappointing thing about Apt Pupil is the lack of sustained tension generated by director Bryan Singer.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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When bodies are buried in cellars and cats are thrown into lighted ovens, the film reveals itself as unworthy of its subject matter.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000

E! Online

Murky storytelling!

Full Review Source: E! Online

January 1, 2000
John Paul Powell
Jam! Movies

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.

January 1, 2000
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

If Bowden's motivations were clearer, Apt Pupil might have gone somewhere interesting.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 4/10

January 1, 2000
Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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Flat, undistinguished workmanship!

January 1, 2000
Jim Judy
Screen It!

A methodically slow psychological thriller!

Full Review Source: Screen It!

January 1, 2000
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Drama in distress!

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly

We expect a probing examination of the essence of evil, but the film stays too close to the surface to deliver any insight.

Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Major junk!

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Widgett Walls

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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Mr. McKellen, surely the finest living British actor, is the best reason to see Apt Pupil.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
Lisa Osborne
Boxoffice Magazine

A powerful and disturbing movie!

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 1, 2000
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