'Let the Right One in' Critic Reviews

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  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    If random arty blood thrills are your cup of fear, perhaps you'll enjoy Let the Right One In, a Swedish head-scratcher that has a few creepy images but very little holding them together.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    While [director] Alfredson takes a darkly amused attitude toward the little world he has fashioned with such care, he also takes the morbid unhappiness of his young characters seriously.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    Let the Right One In has invention and stamina, a rich arterial flow of fear.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • John Anderson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    A spectacularly moving and elegant movie, and to dismiss it into genre-hood, to mentally stuff it into the horror pigeonhole, is to overlook a remarkable film.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    The beauty of Let the Right One In resides in the way the horror remains grounded in a tragic kind of love.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    Next month's Twilight may get more attention, but Tomas Alfredson's understated vampire tale is one you won't want to overlook.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    [Director Tomas] Alfredson's style is as elegant and laconic as Twilight is amateurish and campy.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Carina Chocano Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    60
    Eli's and Oskar's story is literally one of a lonely boy saved by love, but the movie's title sounds an alarm.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Like the best vampire sagas, the film is rife with aching melancholy and existential crises. Its haunting beauty isn't marred, but complemented by strong, disquieting images.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Logan Hill New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Tomas Alfredson somehow takes a wild premise -- a ravenous 12-year-old bloodsucker who strikes up a romance with a bullied young boy in small-town Sweden -- and executes it with restraint and style.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Remove the vampire elements, and this is the story of two lonely and desperate kids capable of performing dark deeds without apparent emotion.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    I'm so sick of Swedish vampire movies, aren't you? ... If you can stomach just one more, however, "Let the Right One In" is the Swedish vampire movie to see. The film is terrific.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The Scandinavian moodiness of the first half gives way to a series of jolting set pieces in the second.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    Funny, fear-inducing, with periods of voyeuristic gore and an undercurrent of anxiety and dread, Let the Right One In is up there with the bloodsucking classics.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    Let the Right One In is one of the essential horror films of the decade. It's also one of the most enthralling romances and one of the best films about children.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    92
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    John Ajvide Lindqvist's script (from his novel) nails adolescent pain perfectly and is realized by Tomas Alfredson's expert direction.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Alissa Simon Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • V.A. Musetto New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Hoyte Van Hoytema's bleak and spooky camerawork is perfectly suited to this intelligent horror film. Happy Halloween!
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    Just when you think you've seen pretty much everything that can be done with that exhausted horror genre, the vampire picture, somebody comes along with a new twist.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    88
    The exceptional Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In warms your heart as it chills your blood, and that's the most disturbing thing about it.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    A wicked trick, a cinematic treat, this is some Halloween offering.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    A terrific Halloween surprise.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Its portrayal of the relationship between two improbably alike pre-teens is more believable than what we see in many 'realistic' dramas.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Justin Lowe Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An imaginative, sympathetic spin on a classic horror theme.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
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