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Let Me In [2010]


A remake of the 2008 Swedish film "Let the Right One In": A bullied and lonely boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) living with his divorced mother meets a new neighbor (Chloë Grace Moretz) and desperately wants to become friends with her, even though she tells him on their first meeting that they cannot become friends but will not explain why. As he begins to get to know her better, he realizes that there is something very different about her. Also with Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono, Elias Koteas and Sasha Barrese. Directed by Matt Reeves. [1:55 - R]



thumbs up

"Fans of Let the Right One In can relax. Cloverfield director Matt Reeves hasn't ruined the elegant Swedish vampire story by remaking it. If anything, he's made some improvements, including the addition of a tense action-horror sequence in the middle of the film."

- Peter Debruge

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"there is scant indication that the rest of humanity is anything more than livestock for sensitive souls to feed on. There’s a human tragedy somewhere here -- but aggrandized puppy-love romance and stylish revenge fantasy is all that lingers."

- Nick Pinkerton



Peter Debruge | Variety
Michael Rechtshaffen | Hollywood Reporter
Andrew O'Hehir | Salon.com
A.O. Scott | The New York Times
Marc Savlov | Austin Chronicle
Roger Ebert | Chicago Sun-Times
Scott Bowles | USA Today
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Stephanie Zacharek | Movieline
Owen Gleiberman | Entertainment Weekly
Shawn Levy | Portland Oregonian
Steve Persall | St. Petersburg Times
Joe Morgenstern | Wall Street Journal
Bill Goodykoontz | Arizona Republic
Joshua Rothkopf | Time Out New York
Pete Hammond | Boxoffice Magazine
Peter Travers | Rolling Stone
John DeSando | WCBE
Michael Phillips | Chicago Tribune
David Medsker | Bullz-Eye.com
Rene Rodriguez | Miami Herald
Amy Biancolli | San Francisco Chronicle
James Berardinelli | ReelViews
Liam Lacey | The Globe and Mail
Joe Williams | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
J.R. Jones | Chicago Reader
Scott Tobias | Onion AV Club
Ty Burr | Boston Globe
Mark Jenkins | NPR
Nick Pinkerton | L.A. Weekly
Nick Pinkerton | Village Voice

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