Box art for Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

  • Rated R

independent, special interest

Lonely, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. A new friendship develops when Eli, a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night, moves in next door. Her arrival coincides with inexplicable disappearances.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Swedish vampire tale is much grislier than Twilight.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this vampire drama has brief but intense, bloody scenes of biting, dismemberment, beheading, and grotesque images of an acid-scarred face and severed limbs. Sunlight turns one vampire into a fireball, while another begins suddenly bleeding all over. Swearing includes a few uses of "f--k." A "blood brothers" ritual is attempted. There is a bleak depiction of kids on their own in a world where adults are distant/distracted/divorced/drunk, in varied combinations. There are strong overtones of bullying and kids warped by divorce. The boy-girl relationship at the center of the film starts to take a homosexual turn. This movie was filmed in Swedish, but an English-dubbed version is a DVD option for viewers who don't like subtitles.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether Eli is an "evil" vampire or not. What do you think will happen to the characters after the ending?
  • Oskar is a regular target of bullies. Talk about Eli's advice for him to fight back -- hard -- and whether that's a good idea or not in real world.
  • Vampire movies continue to be popular. Ask kids who their favorite screen bloodsuckers are and why.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fresh: A terrific Halloween surprise.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Friday, October 31, 2008

Fresh: This is a really good movie.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, November 24, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I'm dying to watch the Hollywood version of this movie.

- citawijaya, Tuesday, November 9, 2010

5 stars

Wow this movie was excellent. One of the best vampire movies ever.This movie has so many good things about it. It has a great story, great acting, and is scary when it wants to be. This is a slow paced drama so if your expecting a horror movie then you'll be disappointed. I loved the movie. Grade: A

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, November 4, 2010

5 stars

Ever since I was young, I have been a fan of vampire films. The appeal of supernatural beings living in darkness and drinking human blood always intrigued me. In fact, one of the very first Horror films that I have seen was The Lost Boys. Ever since my first viewing of that film, I have always been interested in the vampire sub genre of Horror. I've watched good and bad vampire flicks. But recently mostly bad. Until my uncle recommended a vampire film from Sweden. That film is Let The Right One In. This is a phenomenal piece of cinema. This is such a different take on classic vampire stories and is a much needed breath of fresh air. After the two painful films, I Am Legend and The Lost Boys: The Tribe, two films that I was heavily looking forward into seeing, and ultimately was very disappointed at what I saw. Let The Right One In is pretty much one of the greatest vampire films in a long time. The film brings back everything that was grand about traditional vampire films, and creates something totally new and very different from what we have seen in the past. The film is beautifully told by director Tomas Alfredson and he adapts John Ajvide Lindqvist to perfection. I?ve read the book and Alfredson?s adaptation of the litterary work is masterful. Let The Right One In, for me is probably the best vampire film since Bram Stoker?s Dracula. If you are disappointed with thecurrent state of vampire flicks (Twilight) then give this one a view, you will be presently surprised. Let The Right One In is a spectacular horror film that combines drama and romance effectively well to create one incredibly memorable film. Let The Right One In is a fine return to traditional vampire films. The film is a real treat and will appeal to every fan of the vampire genre. I cannot praise this film enough. Everything from the story, the acting , the cinematography is pure poetry. This is the type of film that can salvage the Horror genre, and save whats left, as Hollywood keeps turning out awful remakes. But to summarize this review in one sentence, Let The Right One In is one of the best Horror films that I have seen in a long time. The film film is incredible and every Horror fan should watch this superbly crafted film.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, October 3, 2010