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  • Summary: A dark drama about a sixteen-year-old honor student who recognizes an old man living in his hometown as a hunted Nazi. Compelled to reveal the secrets of his death camp past to earn the boy's silence, the German fugitive derives a sinister scheme to implicate the teenager in a dangerous psychological game. (Sony) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    80
    Not all the plot developments ring true, but moments carry a real chill - even in a coma, McKellen can terrify a fellow patient almost to death - and it has more than enough thought-provoking material to command your interest.
  2. Brought off with such skill and commitment that there isn't any time to snicker at its obviousness.
  3. Both actors play their roles so trickily that tensions escalate until the horror grows unimaginatively gothic.
  4. 50
    A creepy, if disjointed exploration of the nature of evil. But compared to its predecessor, it's also a bit of a disappointment.
  5. 50
    When bodies are buried in cellars and cats are thrown into lighted ovens, the film reveals itself as unworthy of its subject matter.
  6. 50
    Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Apt Pupil is the lack of sustained tension generated by director Bryan Singer.
  7. 30
    Overwrought and unpleasant nonsense.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2

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