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John Ajvide Lindqvist's celebrated vampire novel makes the leap to the big screen once again with the second feature adaptation in so many years (Tomas Alfredson's critically acclaimed 2008 hit Let the Right One In, being the first). The sensitive target of vicious bullying at school, 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a social misfit from a broken home. By day Owen dreams about laying waste to his classroom tormentors; by night his attentions turn to his reclusive neighbors in their austere apartment complex. One evening, as Owen takes out his pent-up aggressions on a tree, his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Let Me In is one of the few horror films that will trouble you long after the credits roll."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"The poetic Swedish vampire picture (with arterial spray) Let the Right One In has been hauntingly well transplanted to the high desert of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and renamed Let Me In."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"Let Me In has a muddled storyline that never quite finds its focus. Every element here is just not as good as it was in the original, making this another pointless remake."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"Reeves, for the most part, delivers a film that's every bit as compelling as Alfredson's original."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In playing up the bullying, Reeves has Americanized a very good Swedish film without de-fanging it."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"With its mix of true-blood romance and full-moon madness, Let Me In should hasten the twilight of the twerpy pretenders."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Let Me In is not as fantastic as Let the Right One In, which you should rent immediately. But it is undeniably powerful and made with obvious admiration and respect for the source material."
‑ Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
"This version follows the plot and dialogue of its Swedish predecessor, capturing a tender (often blood-splattered) young relationship. But Reeves has upped the suspense and gore, creating a more Hollywood-friendly horror thriller."
‑ Melissa Leong, National Post
"Let Me In is a brilliantly effective horror film that is a thoroughly gripping and doesn't shirk from its supernatural chills."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"Vale la pena verla, por supuesto, pero mi mejor recomendación sería ver (antes o después) la versión sueca. Puede ser incluso un interesante ejercicio de comparación..."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The result, though no less creepy than the Swedish film, mislays its lyricism and otherworldliness."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"A smart horror film that exploits a deep-seated fear in America: subtitle-phobia."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Reeves' fresh vision and utterly compelling storytelling more than justify the making of this American iteration that could very well make a surprise appearance on year-end lists the way its predecessor did."
‑ Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman
"This is one of the best films of its kind in the recent years. It's not better than the original, but that's not what Matt Reeves set out to do - the man wanted to make a solid film and he did just that."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"It doesn't have the emotional depth or resonance of the original, but it's a sutiable genre entry."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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