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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer to his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood. (Overture Films)
  • Director: Matt Reeves
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 116 min
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Key to the remake's ultimate success is the casting of the troubled young leads.Smit-McPhee and Moretz possess the soulful depth and pre-adolescent vulnerability necessary to keep it compellingly real.
  2. 90
    The subtext of the relationship is not sexuality, as it is in "Twilight" or "True Blood," but rather the loneliness of children and their often unrecognized reservoirs of rage.
  3. It's a heartbreaker of a coming-of-age tale, even if there's a string of exsanguinated corpses to be accounted for.
  4. This is more than a respectful remake; Let Me In is quietly stylish and thoroughly chilling in its own right.
  5. The new Let Me In does more than merely preserve the original's mood; it actually improves on it.
  6. Although this one indulges in unnecessary CGI enhancements, it's still a striking piece of character-driven horror, and it ranks among the more understated fright fests to hit the mainstream in recent memory.
  7. 50
    There's a human tragedy somewhere here-but aggrandized puppy-love romance and stylish revenge fantasy is all that lingers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 74
  2. Negative: 6 out of 74
  1. Nov 11, 2010
    10
    A terrifically good movie about loneliness, friendship, and first love. It had some truly touching and terrifying moments throughout it's running time. It also had a great way of building both remorse and tension simultaneously. The acting was great across the board (especially the two young leads). Does not disappoint if you've already seen the original. Both are very good films with the same story told in different ways. Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2011
    10
    I have not seen the original, but this movie is as close as it gets to being perfect. The atmosphere is very creepy and the girl's true motives remain in question for most of the movie. There are plenty of vampire romance movies today, but most of them completely fail at properly displaying the true nature of a vampire who are after all supposed to be vicious predators. This is one of the, if not the best from the genre. Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2010
    9
    I've seen the Let The Right One In and I have to admit that it was more artistic but Let Me In was an improvement from the original one. Matt Reeves did a really good job, the pacing of Let Me In is definitely way better than LTROI. It's practically a shot-to-shot remake, it follows the LTROI very closely and the scenes that was replaced only serves to improve the movie (the "father" getting caught scene). Chloe Grace Moretz handles Abby very well, she's very mature compared to girls far older than her, Miley Cyrus in The Last Song comes to mind. She might not be as creepy as Eli but when she turns, my God she turns. She's going to have a bright future and her casting was a brilliant one. Another important point, Let Me In sheds light on what was very unclear in the Swedish version, which was "the father" character, it was finally revealed to us that he was actually Abby's "former Owen", it really adds some weight to the ending. It was satisfying to know Owen and Abby's fate after all they've been through, (pity Owen in a couple of decades). Matt Reeves didn't really hold back on the gore, lots of blood, added suspense, it was Americanized in a good way. I love it that Abby and Owen were attracted to each other because both are really outsiders and how they built a world of their own in the midst of everything that's going on around them, though to be fair most of the commotion was caused by Abby in the first place. An excellent movie which takes it's own time, and great things do take time. Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2013
    8
    Let Me In has a stark realness about it, despite its premise being fictional in nature. With terrific performances from its child stars especially, this film is truly one of the masterpieces of horror. Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2010
    8
    In my opinion the themes the film makers choose to change/leave out of drastically diluted the story. It was a good film in itself but could have been much, much better. A refreshing break from the Twilight/True Blood vamp schlock. Expand
  6. Oct 16, 2011
    7
    I can only review this in the context of the recently read Let the Right One In and the recently watched movie of the same name. The surprising truth is that Let Me In stands up to both of these, although in my own opinion neither film quite lives up to the book. If pushed, I'd probably say I prefer Oskar and Eli to Abby and Owen, but Let Me In does provide a better representation of the darker side of Abby. Expand
  7. Jul 21, 2011
    0
    Slow, pretentious, boring. It is a remake, so it's not even original. You will have a hard time staying awake. Art house addicts will love this one, because it looks deep and meaningful. It is not. Expand

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