American remakes of foreign films typically involve diminished subtlety, injected cheese, and general crapifying, but against all odds and historical precedent, the American remake of the Swedish vampire classic Let the Right One In is as good as the original. Credit writer/director Matt Reeves, who retains the original's early-'80s setting and hugely effective terseness—characters say what they have to and little more, and the violence is life-size and painfully humane. The film's quiet, pitch-black heart survives the transplant. It's an amazing thing. (See Movie Times:

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