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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Brought off with such skill and commitment that there isn't any time to snicker at its obviousness. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    When bodies are buried in cellars and cats are thrown into lighted ovens, the film reveals itself as unworthy of its subject matter. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This sensationalistic tale doesn't delve very far into the issues it raises. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Apt Pupil is the lack of sustained tension generated by director Bryan Singer. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    No matter how you judge it -- as a strict morality play or simply a psychological thriller -- Apt Pupil just doesn't make the grade. show more

  • 80
    Kim Newman Empire

    Not all the plot developments ring true, but moments carry a real chill - even in a coma, McKellen can terrify a fellow patient almost to death - and it has more than enough thought-provoking material to command your interest. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Do director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Brandon Boyce really mean to suggest that the roots of genocide lie in homosexual desire? show more

  • 50
    Merle Bertrand Film Threat

    A creepy, if disjointed exploration of the nature of evil. But compared to its predecessor, it's also a bit of a disappointment. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    It's not perfect King, but it is jarringly close, which these days remains pretty much all one could hope for. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    It's scariest as a parable about the evil that exists in the hearts of adolescent boys. show more

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