Let the Right One In Reviews

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2013
Sinister but gorgeous and compelling.
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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.
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Alissa Simon
Variety
July 6, 2010
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.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
April 9, 2009
This bruised and brilliant fairy tale is one of the year's true originals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 23, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 25, 2008
John Ajvide Lindqvist's script (from his novel) nails adolescent pain perfectly and is realized by Tomas Alfredson's expert direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 24, 2008
A really nice little movie.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 24, 2008
This is a really good movie.
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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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 20, 2008
Let the Right One In is one of the essential horror films of the decade. It's also one of the most enthralling romances and one of the best films about children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 14, 2008
A spooky Swedish thriller that manages to break the rules of the genre while holding on to many of the rituals that remain dear to the hearts of vampire fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 14, 2008
Funny, fear-inducing, with periods of voyeuristic gore and an undercurrent of anxiety and dread, Let the Right One In is up there with the bloodsucking classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 14, 2008
The beauty of Let the Right One In resides in the way the horror remains grounded in a tragic kind of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 14, 2008
The Scandinavian moodiness of the first half gives way to a series of jolting set pieces in the second.
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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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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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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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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
November 7, 2008
Let the Right One In strikes a surprising array of notes: scary, sad and hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
November 7, 2008
A spectacularly moving and elegant movie, and to dismiss it into genre-hood, to mentally stuff it into the horror pigeonhole, is to overlook a remarkable film.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 7, 2008
It's a sweetly queasy film that suggests the spirit that sustains us, the demons we hide from the world, and the monsters that prey upon us in the dark might all be variations on the same beast.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 31, 2008
The exceptional Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In warms your heart as it chills your blood, and that's the most disturbing thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 31, 2008
A terrific Halloween surprise.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 31, 2008
A wicked trick, a cinematic treat, this is some Halloween offering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
October 24, 2008
An imaginative, sympathetic spin on a classic horror theme.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 24, 2008
Next month's Twilight may get more attention, but Tomas Alfredson's understated vampire tale is one you won't want to overlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 24, 2008
A smart and welcome vampire film. And although it provides the usual horrors, its most frightening one may be the stark loneliness of a child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 24, 2008
Hoyte Van Hoytema's bleak and spooky camerawork is perfectly suited to this intelligent horror film. Happy Halloween!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 24, 2008
While [director] Alfredson takes a darkly amused attitude toward the little world he has fashioned with such care, he also takes the morbid unhappiness of his young characters seriously.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 23, 2008
A vampire movie like no other.
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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
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David Fear
Time Out
October 22, 2008
Just when you thought every ounce of metaphor and meaning had been wrung from the vampire movie, along comes Tomas Alfredson's chilly, claustrophobic tale to infuse fresh blood into the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 20, 2008
Tomas Alfredson somehow takes a wild premise -- a ravenous 12-year-old bloodsucker who strikes up a romance with a bullied young boy in small-town Sweden -- and executes it with restraint and style.
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
September 5, 2008
...not only delivers gorgeous wintry panoramas, but also the requisite metaphors -- in this case, vampirism as both adolescent power fantasy and terminal-disease medicament.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 26, 2008
Stick your neck out for this Swedish horror show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 26, 2008
Carves out a unique niche in the vampire genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4