Let the Right One In Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 19, 2008
A more thoughtful approach to such a knotty set of concerns would have been welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
November 5, 2008
A limited how-to on efficiently cracking necks after biting and draining them. But whether this frosty Nordic couch potato vampire gore is your cup of bodily fluid, will depend on your preference for bloodsucker cinema as a dish best served cold.
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
October 24, 2008
The film works best when allowing us to intuit that going steady with a vampire, though it raises a few moral issues, still gives Oskar his Best Winter Ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 22, 2008
If random arty blood thrills are your cup of fear, perhaps you'll enjoy Let the Right One In, a Swedish head-scratcher that has a few creepy images but very little holding them together.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Charlotte Smith
FHM [UK]
April 17, 2009
A beautiful, brutal yet understated film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 29, 2012
Let the Right One In eschews all the crap that has plagued vampire films for years. This is a dark, serious and twisted film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
October 7, 2013
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.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 27, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 26, 2008
Both sweet and unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 30, 2008
Just when you think you've seen pretty much everything that can be done with that exhausted horror genre, the vampire picture, somebody comes along with a new twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
January 26, 2008
Beautifully shot, lit and framed, featuring completely believable performances from its two young leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 12, 2009
,,,could even be read as a kind of grim metaphor for marriage in that it explores the thanklessness of constancy and the long-distance loneliness of the impenetrable soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 14, 2008
Remove the vampire elements, and this is the story of two lonely and desperate kids capable of performing dark deeds without apparent emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 12, 2008
Its portrayal of the relationship between two improbably alike pre-teens is more believable than what we see in many 'realistic' dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 14, 2008
Like the best vampire sagas, the film is rife with aching melancholy and existential crises. Its haunting beauty isn't marred, but complemented by strong, disquieting images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 13, 2008
I'm so sick of Swedish vampire movies, aren't you? ... If you can stomach just one more, however, "Let the Right One In" is the Swedish vampire movie to see. The film is terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 21, 2008
[Director Tomas] Alfredson's style is as elegant and laconic as Twilight is amateurish and campy.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 26, 2008
Young Kare Hedebrant as Oskar and Lina Leandersson as Eli do a fantastic job in the lead roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 4, 2008
The best fantasy stories excel because they give new perspective to real-life issues through the lens of the supernatural, and the Swedish film uses vampirism to tackle adolescence in all its glorious agony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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