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Let the Right One In

24right Twelve-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), the constant target of bullies, spends his time plotting revenge and collecting news items about the grisly murders plaguing his town. But things change when he meets a new girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson), a misfit vampire who steals his heart. As a serial killer continues to prey on teen boys in their small Swedish village, Eli helps Oskar find the courage to stand up to his tormenters.
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"Let the Right One In" takes the morbid unhappiness of its young characters seriously. Read the review
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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  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
A really nice little movie.
Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies  full review
 
This is a really good movie.
Ben Lyons, At the Movies  full review
 
[Director Tomas] Alfredson's style is as elegant and laconic as Twilight is amateurish and campy.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
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.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
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.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
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.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
 
The beauty of Let the Right One In resides in the way the horror remains grounded in a tragic kind of love.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
 
The Scandinavian moodiness of the first half gives way to a series of jolting set pieces in the second.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Remove the vampire elements, and this is the story of two lonely and desperate kids capable of performing dark deeds without apparent emotion.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
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.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
 
Its portrayal of the relationship between two improbably alike pre-teens is more believable than what we see in many 'realistic' dramas.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
Let the Right One In strikes a surprising array of notes: scary, sad and hopeful.
Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
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.
John Anderson, Washington Post  full review
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