Apt Pupil
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Bryan Singer directed this Brandon Boyce adaptation of Stephen King's novella about teenager Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro), who discovers Nazi war criminal Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellen) living in his California hometown. Fascinated with Dussender's wartime atrocities, Bowden blackmails the former death-camp commandant by promising to keep his identity a secret in exchange for Holocaust horror tales, or, as Todd puts it, "everything they're afraid to show us in school." Dussander complies, and as the weeks pass, their tense confrontations become increasingly malevolent. This… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"Major junk!"
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Apt Pupil is most compelling for its moral dimension."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"McKellen gives one of the year's great performances."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"It's a story that has taken 10 years to get to the screen at least, but what kept it from the screen for so long was lost when it was finally filmed."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Murky storytelling!"
‑ , E! Online
"A creepy, well-acted story of contagious evil!"
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"More disturbing than anything Keyser Söze could provide."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Stephen King's 1982 Different Seasons collection has been a gold mine for moviemakers:"
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"No hace mas que dejarnos la sensación de que o bien el director fue una llamarada de petate o el escritor vio pasar sus mejores momentos hace ya varios años"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"King fans will be outraged denouncing the filmmakers as gutless flakes smothering the true horror of Apt Pupil so the film would be more acceptable to the general public."
‑ John Paul Powell, Jam! Movies
"Effective but not overwhelming, bone-chilling but not blood-freezing, Apt Pupil is a good shocker that misses the ultimate horror."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"When bodies are buried in cellars and cats are thrown into lighted ovens, the film reveals itself as unworthy of its subject matter."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""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."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Renfro and McKellen are nothing short of spectacular, but with all things considered, Apt Pupil just isn't a very well thought-out picture."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"If Bowden's motivations were clearer, Apt Pupil might have gone somewhere interesting."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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