Let the Right One In
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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--and for an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sinister but gorgeous and compelling."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"This bruised and brilliant fairy tale is one of the year's true originals."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Alfredson's light touch adds soulful delicacy and a certain ambiguity to the proceedings, making this a horror movie more likely to prompt tears than screams."
‑ Jamie Russell, Radio Times
"One of the best foreign language films of the year"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"As singular as any vampire film."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"A remarkably moving horror tale, about a pale, bullied twelve-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) and his first love (Lina Leandersson), who happens to be a vampire."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"An American remake seems inevitable, but it will be hard to re-create the haunting spell cast by this wonderfully strange film about being young and going steady with a monster."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Pre-adolescent angst has rarely been as eerie or unsettlingly honest as it is in director Tomas Alfredson's stylish, psychologically complex tale,"
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Let the Right One In is a shot in the arm for the anaemic vampire movie genre, a thrilling transfusion of fresh blood."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Beautifully shot, moving yet unsentimental, restrained in tone and consummately performed, Let The Right One In is a horror film of near universal appeal, and already has the feel of a classic about it."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Calling to mind the work of Anne Rice and Stephen King, atmospheric adaptation of Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist's bestseller is well directed by his countryman Tomas Alfredson."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"John Ajvide Lindqvist's script (from his novel) nails adolescent pain perfectly and is realized by Tomas Alfredson's expert direction."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Let the Right One In eschews all the crap that has plagued vampire films for years. This is a dark, serious and twisted film."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"Swedish vampire tale is much grislier than Twilight."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The film is a bevy of contradictions - beauty and horror, young love and violence, innocence and guilt. The fact that it works at all is impressive. The fact that it's a mind-blowing sensory experience is inexplicable."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
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