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  • Summary: A fragile, anxious boy, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates but never strikes back. The lonely boy's wish for a friend seems to come true when he meets Eli, also 12, who moves in next door to him with her father. A pale, serious young girl, she only comes out at night and doesn't seem affected by the freezing temperatures. Coinciding with Eli's arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. One man is found tied to a tree, another frozen in the lake, a woman bitten in the neck. Blood seems to be the common denominator. But by now a subtle romance has blossomed between Oskar and Eli, and she gives him the strength to fight back against his aggressors. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
  • Director: Tomas Alfredson
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 115 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. This is one of the real finds of 2008.
  2. It's one of the great horror films of recent years -- and a welcome antidote to the in-your-face sonic assaults that all too often pass for genre fare.
  3. 88
    Stick your neck out for this Swedish horror show. It's a winner, full of mirth and malice, plus a young romance you'll never see on the Disney Channel.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Let the Right One In unfolds with quiet, masterly assurance.
  5. Alfredson makes the most of every detail, carefully crafting an atmosphere of haunting alienation. These two lost souls may come together under unusual circumstances, but their connection feels universally human.
  6. Reviewed by: Elena Oumano
    80
    A coolly balanced and utterly compelling examination of alienation and love.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 116
  1. Zal
    Jan 11, 2012
    10
    I adored this movie. It's not quite as dark as the book, but it's dark enough. The acting is pretty good. The two leads are very likable and relatable and their romance feels legitimate. This is something I rarely say about movies but I was really able to connect with both these characters. Is it the most original story ever told? No. But it takes a premise that has been beaten to death and turns it into something simple yet effective. Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2012
    10
    A perfect movie. Went in expecting a decent vampire flick. Was totally blown away. It wasn't just a great vampire movie, it was a great movie in general. I highly recommend this to any cinema lovers out there. Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2010
    10
    One of the most refreshing vampire films you'll see this decade. The story is poetic yet disturbing and the leads are well cast. Watching it with good friends will only improve the experience. Expand
  4. Apr 9, 2014
    9
    A crisp, tasteful adaptation of a vastly layered story. Simply told and smoothly acted, Let The Right One In is the perfect companion piece to the original book. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    Expertly shot and acted, "Let The Right One In" breathes new life into the vampire genre; adding a compassionately human story of love and friendship.
  6. Nov 16, 2012
    7
    A good film. Not a brilliant one, but a good one. It has a strange sort of pace to it, it seems to drag at times but it makes sense, in a way it adds to the tense atmosphere of it all but it can get slightly boring. Expand
  7. Sep 29, 2010
    0
    I watched an English dubbed version of 'Let the Right One In' and was extremely disappointed. The critics had led me to believe that this was the greatest vampire movie of all time, but whether it was due to the terrible dubbing or not, i did not see any entertainment value whatsoever in this boring mess of a movie which, i can honestly say, was slightly worse than the atrocious twilight movies. Expand

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