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Let the Right One In (2008)

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98

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 175
Fresh: 171 | Rotten: 4

Let the Right One In reinvigorates the seemingly tired vampire genre by effectively mixing scares with intelligent storytelling.

97

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 1

Let the Right One In reinvigorates the seemingly tired vampire genre by effectively mixing scares with intelligent storytelling.

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
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Movie Info

A 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town suspiciously coincides with a horrifying series of murders in director Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of the book by author John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. Oskar is a young boy who can't seem to shake off the local bullies, but all of that begins to change when a new neighbor moves in next door. After striking up an innocent friendship with his eccentric next-door neighbor, Oskar realizes that she is

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Drama, Horror, Art House & International

John Ajvide Lindqvist

Mar 10, 2009

$1.9M

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All Critics (175) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (171) | Rotten (4) | DVD (6)

Sinister but gorgeous and compelling.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A remarkably moving horror tale, about a pale, bullied twelve-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) and his first love (Lina Leandersson), who happens to be a vampire.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Calling to mind the work of Anne Rice and Stephen King, atmospheric adaptation of Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist's bestseller is well directed by his countryman Tomas Alfredson.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
Variety
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This bruised and brilliant fairy tale is one of the year's true originals.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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An American remake seems inevitable, but it will be hard to re-create the haunting spell cast by this wonderfully strange film about being young and going steady with a monster.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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John Ajvide Lindqvist's script (from his novel) nails adolescent pain perfectly and is realized by Tomas Alfredson's expert direction.

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Alfredson's light touch adds soulful delicacy and a certain ambiguity to the proceedings, making this a horror movie more likely to prompt tears than screams.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Pre-adolescent angst has rarely been as eerie or unsettlingly honest as it is in director Tomas Alfredson's stylish, psychologically complex tale,

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Let the Right One In eschews all the crap that has plagued vampire films for years. This is a dark, serious and twisted film.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

One of the best foreign language films of the year

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Let the Right One In is a shot in the arm for the anaemic vampire movie genre, a thrilling transfusion of fresh blood.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Swedish vampire tale is much grislier than Twilight.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As singular as any vampire film.

December 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Beautifully shot, moving yet unsentimental, restrained in tone and consummately performed, Let The Right One In is a horror film of near universal appeal, and already has the feel of a classic about it.

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The film is a bevy of contradictions - beauty and horror, young love and violence, innocence and guilt. The fact that it works at all is impressive. The fact that it's a mind-blowing sensory experience is inexplicable.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comments (4)
Quickflix

Let the Right One In is a slow burning film with an engulfing atmosphere that leaves you feeling moved and mesmerised long after the credits have finished.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

A remarkable vampire film, as raw and frightening as it is tender and intelligent.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Lovelier than most bloodsucker flicks, but it doesn't quite transcend its well-chewed genre.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR.org
NPR.org

Exquisitely crafted.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

That rare breed of modern horror that goes for the throat...

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Una película fascinante, bellísima en su formulación visual y sonora, y narrada con sorprendente precisión. Más una historia de amor y amistad entre dos seres solitarios que una película de vampiros, definitivamente no recomendable para quienes busquen al

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

For every moment of bloodshed [and] special effects ... there are subtleties and surprises that transcend this exhausted genre.

May 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

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April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Let the Right One In

Let The Right One In succeeds in transcending the vampire genre onto a new light, creatively giving depth through characterization and through an intelligent and slow-paced yet riveting narrative.
October 4, 2012
Paulo Gabuat

Super Reviewer

A twelve-year-old boy befriends the vampire who lives next door.
Slowly paced and atmospheric, this is not a typical vampire film. The children provide an interesting take on the vampire genre, and there is more than enough creepy scenes that might please a horror fanatic.
However, the film's pace was often too slow for me, and the exposition was too long. Also, I thought the school bullies were unrealistically sadistic. They seemed like the adult sociopaths whom I've tired of in movies of this ilk.
Overall, I liked Let the Right One In and am generally impressed by Swedish cinema, but I can't say that I was in the film's thrall, so to speak.
April 12, 2012
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

I have to admit I watched this film, knowing nothing about it at all and had I known it was a vampire film, perhaps I wouldn?t have watched it with the same enthusiasm, however this is the most naturally acted Vampire film that I've seen to date.

Two fantastic child leads and the storyline came across more like a genuine murder tale.

Slightly stretched out in parts, but most certainly worth the watch. The accompanying music is simply beautiful.
April 5, 2012
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

Let me shoot this right off the bat: "Let the Right One In" is one impeccably well made movie. Spectacular. The best vampire movie to ever be made.

It's a much more methodically paced thriller that slowly but smartly eases tension that is to be found in only a few films nowadays. And when it gets tense, man, you're freezing up. "Let the Right One In" is masterfully directed; it does everything right -- whether it's the Stanley Kubrick-esque style of cinematography to the perfect pacing to the melancholy magic between the two main characters, this is what films are all about. The two lead characters deserve a standing ovation -- it's not only the tone that the movie gives off that accentuates the actors' performances or the great screenplay, but it simply comes down to the superb acting that makes their chemistry so unique.
There are some wildly outstanding scenes that deserve recognition for it rivals with masterpieces. I loved how the movie is grounded in realism and how though its premise is mysterious in the universe it's placed in, it doesn't reveal too much. It's focus is on the relationship.

As you can tell, I absolutely loved this movie. It is superb on every level -- technically and emotionally. "Let the Right One In" is an exceptional film that rightfully deserves the praise its been getting for everything within it is masterfully crafted to perfection.
March 10, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

    1. Oskar: You smell funny.
    2. Oskar: Aren't you freezing?
    3. Eli: No.
    4. Oskar: Why not?
    5. Eli: I guess I've forgotten how.
    – Submitted by Donald G (8 months ago)
    1. Oskar: Are you a vampire?
    – Submitted by Katriina M (20 months ago)
    1. Eli: I'm like you.
    2. Oskar: What do you mean?
    3. Eli: [accusing tone] What are you staring at? Well? Are you looking at me? [points her finger at Oskar] So scream! Squeal! Those were the first words I heard you say.
    4. Oskar: I don't kill people.
    5. Eli: No, but you'd like to. If you could... To get revenge. Right?
    6. Oskar: Yes.
    7. Eli: Oskar, I do it because I have to. Be me, for a while. [pause] Please Oskar... Be me, for a little while.
    – Submitted by Dark E (22 months ago)
    1. Eli: Oskar... Do you like me?
    2. Oskar: Yeah, a lot.
    3. Eli: If I wasn't a girl... Would you like me anyway?
    4. Oskar: I suppose so.
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
    1. Oskar: Squeal like a pig. So, squeal!
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
    1. Eli: I'm twelve. But I've been twelve for a long time.
    – Submitted by John H (2 years ago)
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