Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In introduces the melancholic allure of the lonely vampire to a Swedish junior high school in winter 1982. Attuned to the bristling hypersensitivities of its preteen protagonists, the film rhymes the miseries of two soulmates: the ravenous vampire girl who can never die and the 12-year-old boy who can never fit in.

By day young Oskar is the victim of relentless bullying. By night he dreams of revenge. He fills a notebook with details of the gruesome blood-lettings. Eli, the new girl next door, seems just as much a misfit: she never feels the cold, she smells weird, she can't enter a room unless she's invited, but she understands Oskar.

Best Film; Tribeca Film Festival 2008
2009Rating: R16, violence, content that may disturb114 minsSwedenSwedish with English subtitles
DramaHorrorThrillerWorld Cinema

Let the Right One In / Reviews

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

How to best describe Let The Right One In? It is so many things - a horror film that turns your blood cold like an Arctic breeze, an empathetic examination of adolescent agony and a heart-warming love story. It will no doubt be lazily categorized as a vampire movie, but that definition hopelessly fails to capture the sense of imagination that allows this film to transcend the limitations of the horror genre and instead reach the dizzying heights of borderline masterpiece.

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Variety

Variety

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 ("Four Shades of Brown") and should click with cult and arthouse auds.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

There is a remarkable stillness to many of the film's most indelible images, particularly the exteriors, which are so carefully photographed, and without the usual tiresome camera jiggling, as to look almost frozen.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The young actors are powerful in draining roles. We care for them more than they care for themselves. Alfredson's palette is so drained of warm colors that even fresh blood is black.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Interestingly, while most contemporary horrors rely on fast cuts and snappy editing to create tension, Alfredson's manages to make his film excruciatingly suspenseful by doing the opposite and the result is an intelligent, terrifying and tender film.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

In this sinister but gorgeous and compelling film by director Tomas Alfredson, being human and acting human don't always go together.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A moody adaptation of the Swedish best-seller about a fateful mortal-vampire romance, Let the Right One In is atypically literate and unexpectedly affecting suspense fare. Complex characters, ominous situations fraught with mortality and the recklessness of youthful ardor create a tense and subtly shaded narrative.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

The best fairy tales always have so much darkness in them. That's why they resonate so deeply. This is a magnificent film.

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