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.
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Critic Reviews for Let the Right One In
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.
Lovelier than most bloodsucker flicks, but it doesn't quite transcend its well-chewed genre.
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.
This bruised and brilliant fairy tale is one of the year's true originals.
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.
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.
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.
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