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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: 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'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. Dec 26, 2011
    10
    Absolutely phenomenal film, in my opinion the 3rd best movie iv'e ever seen. Chloe Moretz blew my mind her acting was amazing and she lookedAbsolutely phenomenal film, in my opinion the 3rd best movie iv'e ever seen. Chloe Moretz blew my mind her acting was amazing and she looked beautiful as well, i am 16 so it's okay. This movie deserves only the best of reviews nothing else. I cannot describe how brilliant this film is. 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. 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 starsLet 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. Nov 7, 2010
    8
    Having seen the original film I already knew what to expect and I understood how fans of the first film felt about the prospect of a remake.Having seen the original film I already knew what to expect and I understood how fans of the first film felt about the prospect of a remake. What cannot be denied is that Let Me In, whilst near enough a carbon copy, is a great remake of a great film. Its pace doesnt feel as smooth as the Swedish film and it over uses obvious special effects but it does includes some unexpected changes as well, such as the nature of the relationship between Abby and her Companion, unlike the original. Let Me In focuses more on Abby and Owen instead and a small side plot in the original of working class locals is abandoned instead to a single detective trying to uncover the truth of the horrors on display here. It's still a beautiful film about childhood, isolation, friendship and romance which works thanks to the impeccable casting of Kodie Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz. I would definetly encourage people to see the orginal film but don't let that discourage you from this either. 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. TheI 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 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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