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  • 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)
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Director Matt Reeves (who also made the much rawer "Cloverfield") so deeply understands the nature of childhood terror that Let Me In burns with a white-hot clarity.
  2. 90
    An imaginative and largely intact retelling of this gory, troubling, uniquely sweet and uniquely dark vampire tale.
  3. Without subtitles this time, it also stands a very real chance of migrating out of America's art houses and into its multiplexes, where it can sink its teeth into a whole new audience.
  4. Let Me In eclipses "Twilight" in every way, leaving you thirsty for more of this haunting, touching and unforgettable thriller.
  5. The new Let Me In does more than merely preserve the original's mood; it actually improves on it.
  6. 75
    Reeves plugs in a live wire to play Abby, the girl vampire who's been 12 for, well, a very long time. That would be Chloƫ Grace Moretz, an acting dynamo (see Kick-Ass) whose mesmerizing performance goes deep.
  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: 60 out of 77
  2. Negative: 6 out of 77
  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'sA 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. Jul 4, 2012
    10
    This is actually one of my favorite movies I have ever seen. It may not be the typical horror film, but it is very entertaining to watch.This is actually one of my favorite movies I have ever seen. It may not be the typical horror film, but it is very entertaining to watch. Chloe Grace Moretz is definitely the bomb in this film. She plays a strange role that fits perfectly with her. Dylan Minette is also pretty good in this movie. I'm pretty young, so it was nice to see a very pretty face in this horror film. The romance and chemistry between the two main characters is flawless. It adds a lot of depth to the film. The intense scenes are also very nice to watch. The make-up and effects are superb. I love this movie. It is a must see. Best thing in the film: Chloe Grace Moretz Expand
  3. 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 trueI 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
  4. May 29, 2011
    8
    I'm happy with that remake. Logically, the original is perfect and irreplaceable. However, the american version could produce a great movie.I'm happy with that remake. Logically, the original is perfect and irreplaceable. However, the american version could produce a great movie. Bringing the same elements with some modifications, we have the new lonely and persecuted Owen by fellow high school. By the way those scenes were great. And the new Abby, interpreted by adorable Chloe Moretz, who I adore, could fulfill the role and show us the reclusive vampire trapped forever in the body of a child under 12. I loved their scenes, but couldn't how not to remembering the original, more quaint and charming. I think the scenes with special effects weren't very pleasing, but it comes as a differential for those who like. Had something like that in Swedish version? I don't remember. So that's it. As much as remakes are made for the sole purpose of making money on something that was successful. "Let Me In", stands out as a film well done, and it deserves to be seen and appreciated. Enjoy the new version, it is great. Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2010
    8
    Matt Reeves, who is most famous for his monster film "Cloverfieldâ
  6. Oct 1, 2010
    7
    I am not sure if i liked this better than the original. The original was a darker movie. This remake developed the pre-adolescence angleI am not sure if i liked this better than the original. The original was a darker movie. This remake developed the pre-adolescence angle more. Ultimately, for me, i did not need to rush out and see this. If you have not seen the original; then by all means, go see this now. 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 loveSlow, 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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