Let the Right One in Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Let the Right One In has invention and stamina, a rich arterial flow of fear.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • 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

  • 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

  • Next month's Twilight may get more attention, but Tomas Alfredson's understated vampire tale is one you won't want to overlook.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

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

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Eli's and Oskar's story is literally one of a lonely boy saved by love, but the movie's title sounds an alarm.

    Carina Chocano — Houston Chronicle

  • 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

  • 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.

    Logan Hill — New York Magazine

  • 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

  • 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

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

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hoyte Van Hoytema's bleak and spooky camerawork is perfectly suited to this intelligent horror film. Happy Halloween!

    V.A. Musetto — New York Post

  • 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.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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