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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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Netflix Rating: 3.8
NYT Critics' Pick
"Let the Right One In" takes the morbid unhappiness of its young characters seriously. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 97%
Critics' score: 98   Audience score: 90   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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

Alissa Simon, Variety

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

Tom Long, Detroit News

John Ajvide Lindqvist's script (from his novel) nails adolescent pain perfectly and is realized by Tomas Alfredson's expert direction. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

A really nice little movie. full review

Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies

This is a really good movie. full review

Ben Lyons, At the Movies

[Director Tomas] Alfredson's style is as elegant and laconic as Twilight is amateurish and campy. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

The beauty of Let the Right One In resides in the way the horror remains grounded in a tragic kind of love. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

The Scandinavian moodiness of the first half gives way to a series of jolting set pieces in the second. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

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

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Its portrayal of the relationship between two improbably alike pre-teens is more believable than what we see in many 'realistic' dramas. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Let the Right One In strikes a surprising array of notes: scary, sad and hopeful. full review

Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle

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

John Anderson, Washington Post

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

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

A terrific Halloween surprise. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

A wicked trick, a cinematic treat, this is some Halloween offering. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

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

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
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