Let the Right One In (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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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 the vampire responsible for the recent rash of deaths around town. Despite the danger, however, Oskar's friendship with the girl ultimately takes precedence over his fear of her.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
Magnet/Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


Per Ragnar
as Håkan
Ika Nord
as Virginia
Cayetano Ruiz
as Avila, Schoolmaster
Johan Somnes
as Andreas
Soren Kallstigen
as Janne, Erik's frien...
Malin Cederbladh
as Hospital Receptionis...
Bernt Ostman
as Virginia's nurse
Ingemar Raukola
as Messenger
Adam Stone
as Policeman in Classro...
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Critic Reviews for Let the Right One In

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (39)

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

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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 strange, stunning and surprisingly sweet Swedish film about childhood friendship and first love.

Full Review… | October 6, 2015
NOW Toronto

A smart and beautifully realized feature from Sweden.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014

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

Let the Right One In Quotes

Oskar: You smell funny.
Oskar: Aren't you freezing?
Eli: No.
Oskar: Why not?
Eli: I guess I've forgotten how.
– Submitted by Donald G (2 years ago)
Oskar: Are you a vampire?
– Submitted by Katriina M (3 years ago)
Eli: I'm like you.
Oskar: What do you mean?
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.
Oskar: I don't kill people.
Eli: No, but you'd like to. If you could... To get revenge. Right?
Oskar: Yes.
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 (3 years ago)
Eli: Oskar... Do you like me?
Oskar: Yeah, a lot.
Eli: If I wasn't a girl... Would you like me anyway?
Oskar: I suppose so.
– Submitted by Dov D (3 years ago)

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