Låt den rätte komma in 2008

Critics score:
98 / 100

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Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: 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. Read more

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times: Sinister but gorgeous and compelling. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: 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. Read more

Ben Lyons, At the Movies: This is a really good movie. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: 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. Read more

Logan Hill, New York Magazine/Vulture: 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. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: [Director Tomas] Alfredson's style is as elegant and laconic as Twilight is amateurish and campy. Read more

Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine: The film works best when allowing us to intuit that going steady with a vampire, though it raises a few moral issues, still gives Oskar his Best Winter Ever. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: A spooky Swedish thriller that manages to break the rules of the genre while holding on to many of the rituals that remain dear to the hearts of vampire fans. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: A wicked trick, a cinematic treat, this is some Halloween offering. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: It's a sweetly queasy film that suggests the spirit that sustains us, the demons we hide from the world, and the monsters that prey upon us in the dark might all be variations on the same beast. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: John Ajvide Lindqvist's script (from his novel) nails adolescent pain perfectly and is realized by Tomas Alfredson's expert direction. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: The beauty of Let the Right One In resides in the way the horror remains grounded in a tragic kind of love. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: The Scandinavian moodiness of the first half gives way to a series of jolting set pieces in the second. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: 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. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: 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. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly: ...not only delivers gorgeous wintry panoramas, but also the requisite metaphors -- in this case, vampirism as both adolescent power fantasy and terminal-disease medicament. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: A vampire movie like no other. Read more

Bruce Diones, New Yorker: A remarkably moving horror tale, about a pale, bullied twelve-year-old boy (Kare Hedebrant) and his first love (Lina Leandersson), who happens to be a vampire. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: A smart and welcome vampire film. And although it provides the usual horrors, its most frightening one may be the stark loneliness of a child. Read more

Mark Jenkins, NPR: Lovelier than most bloodsucker flicks, but it doesn't quite transcend its well-chewed genre. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: Next month's Twilight may get more attention, but Tomas Alfredson's understated vampire tale is one you won't want to overlook. Read more

V.A. Musetto, New York Post: Hoyte Van Hoytema's bleak and spooky camerawork is perfectly suited to this intelligent horror film. Happy Halloween! Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Its portrayal of the relationship between two improbably alike pre-teens is more believable than what we see in many 'realistic' dramas. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Remove the vampire elements, and this is the story of two lonely and desperate kids capable of performing dark deeds without apparent emotion. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Stick your neck out for this Swedish horror show. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: A terrific Halloween surprise. Read more

Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle: Let the Right One In strikes a surprising array of notes: scary, sad and hopeful. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: 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. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Carves out a unique niche in the vampire genre. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

David Fear, Time Out: Just when you thought every ounce of metaphor and meaning had been wrung from the vampire movie, along comes Tomas Alfredson's chilly, claustrophobic tale to infuse fresh blood into the genre. Read more

David Jenkins, Time Out: This bruised and brilliant fairy tale is one of the year's true originals. Read more

Alissa Simon, 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. Read more

John Anderson, Washington Post: 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. Read more