Let the Right One In (2008)



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

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 … More

Rating: R (for some bloody violence including disturbing images, brief nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 10, 2009
Box Office: $2.1M
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Critic Reviews for Let the Right One In

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (37)

Sinister but gorgeous and compelling.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

A smart and beautifully realized feature from Sweden.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014

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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
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,

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
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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.

Paulo Gabuat
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.

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.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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