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Let the Right One In Reviews

October 7, 2013
Sinister but gorgeous and compelling.
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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July 6, 2010
Lovelier than most bloodsucker flicks, but it doesn't quite transcend its well-chewed genre.
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.
April 9, 2009
This bruised and brilliant fairy tale is one of the year's true originals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
November 24, 2008
A really nice little movie.
November 24, 2008
This is a really good movie.
November 21, 2008
[Director Tomas] Alfredson's style is as elegant and laconic as Twilight is amateurish and campy.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
November 14, 2008
The Scandinavian moodiness of the first half gives way to a series of jolting set pieces in the second.
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
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
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
November 7, 2008
Let the Right One In strikes a surprising array of notes: scary, sad and hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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+
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
October 31, 2008
A terrific Halloween surprise.
October 31, 2008
A wicked trick, a cinematic treat, this is some Halloween offering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 24, 2008
An imaginative, sympathetic spin on a classic horror theme.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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.
October 23, 2008
A vampire movie like no other.
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
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
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.
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.
January 26, 2008
Stick your neck out for this Swedish horror show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 26, 2008
Carves out a unique niche in the vampire genre.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4