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Parents' Guide to

Let the Right One In

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Swedish vampire tale is much grislier than Twilight.

Movie R 2008 114 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+

This title has:

Too much sex
age 15+

The butt review

Let the right one in is a bit of a sad movie. The parents are crapheads and the parents have to fight for themselves. The movie has action, a little sexy stuff, and cussing where they do say f*ck a couple times. They perform a bloody ritual in the movie. This movie is more for teens and like most other creepy horror movies they are not meant for little kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Shot in austere style, often with long, formal takes -- hardly any MTV-action stuff -- LET THE RIGHT ONE IN sacrifices much of the character development in the Swedish source novel. But it remains strongly focused on the Oskar-Eli relationship, which is creepy and compelling in a way similar movies aren't because the Swedish lead thespians are obviously real children, not 20-ish actors playing a decade younger like in Twilight adaptations.

The title refers to a snippet of vampire lore (also employed in the more mainstream-Hollywood Lost Boys) that a supernatural bloodsucker cannot enter a private residence unless invited in first. In other words, Oskar's learning the dreadful truth about Eli and her fatal appetite is no deal breaker -- and it even strengthens their relationship as fellow outsiders. Oskar does not reject her, and when it seems Eli might not even be a "her" at all, the film suggests unconditional love, albeit in a kinky and grisly way.

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