You need to see this movie.
I could Let the Right One In as a vampire movie, but that would not do the movie justice. It's a coming-of-age story and a love story with a spice of vampire mixed in. I have not seen Twilight and have no real desire to as it has been described as tween/teen porn, but I have a feeling if you want something deeper and meaningful, this movie will hit the spot so many times over.
There are no gimmicky or splashy special effects that make vampires look like cartoon characters that belong on a chocolate cereal. It's about a 12-year-old boy who just doesn't seem to make friends and is the subject of bullying at school; and he meets this vampire girl and they become friends. Of course there's action and suspense and blood. But this is not a Saw movie. I really can't describe this movie well enough. Again, I would not even call this a vampire movie, but a love story. It's a love story of the first love kind. What's even better is it's the kind of love that's innocent but true.
Think of when you were twelve, or think of your first love. It's ironic that it takes a vampire movie to make a great love story, and not the overly sappy and romanticized kind. But then again it's not a vampire movie.
Uber props goes to Lina Leandersson, who is the best vampire ever and the best love interest or friend in a movie. If vampires were real, Lina's Eli would be the mold. Of course, since love stories usually have two individuals, Kare Hedebrant gets props too. Definitely the best love/friendship couple I've seen in a while.