Apt Pupil
Apt Pupil (1998)

Sixteen-year-old high school student Todd Bowden has uncovered a deadly secret. Far from suspicion, Nazi war criminal Kurt Dussander has been quietly living in Todd's hometown. Fascinated with the atrocities Dussander committed during… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 13, 1999
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A somewhat disturbing movie that works as a suspenseful thriller, yet isn't completely satisfying.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Major junk!

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Apt Pupil is most compelling for its moral dimension.

Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

McKellen gives one of the year's great performances.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

A creepy, well-acted story of contagious evil!

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

More disturbing than anything Keyser Söze could provide.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Stephen King's 1982 Different Seasons collection has been a gold mine for moviemakers:

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Effective but not overwhelming, bone-chilling but not blood-freezing, Apt Pupil is a good shocker that misses the ultimate horror.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

When bodies are buried in cellars and cats are thrown into lighted ovens, the film reveals itself as unworthy of its subject matter.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

"Pupil" demonstrates Singer's eye for framing shots and his skill in bringing out the best in his stars. Even so, there's something amiss here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
The idea is sound but the way they meet is a little far fetched, if not just badly adapted. I'm sure the story is better than the film, there is only so… More
Alex roy
Apt Pupil is a very interesting Thriller. Directed by Bryan Singer who is famous for directing the first two X-Men films directs this chilling and thrilling… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"If you don't believe in the existence of evil, you've got a lot to learn."</i> A boy blackmails his neighbour after… More
Derek Daniels
Based on a short story inside Stephen King's Different Seasons, it was better on paper, as usual, but the film was really good. Bryan singer does a good… More
Conner Rainwater
Maybe this isn't one of Stephen King's most popular stories, but it's sure one of his most realistically creepy ones. Bryan Singer takes this… More
Wahida K
If you don't believe in the existence of evil, you've got a lot to learn.

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