Apt Pupil (Un Élève Doué)
Apt Pupil (Un Élève Doué) (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: October 23, 1998
DVD 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.

Elizabeth Weitzman

Nothing about the movie even makes sense!

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.

Rob Gonsalves

McKellen gives one of the year's great performances.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Major junk!

James Berardinelli

The most disappointing thing about Apt Pupil is the lack of sustained tension generated by director Bryan Singer.

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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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Todd McCarthy

A creepy, well-acted story of contagious evil!

Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz

Flat, undistinguished workmanship!

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: 56% Flixster User Reviews
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.
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
Cassandra Maples
Young high school student Todd Bowden uncovers that an old man in his neighbourhood is really Nazi war criminal Kurt Dussander under the name of Arthur Denker.… More

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