80

Empire

By Kim Newman
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Brought off with such skill and commitment that there isn't any time to snicker at its obviousness.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's scariest as a parable about the evil that exists in the hearts of adolescent boys.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
It's not perfect King, but it is jarringly close, which these days remains pretty much all one could hope for.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Do director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Brandon Boyce really mean to suggest that the roots of genocide lie in homosexual desire?
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
No matter how you judge it -- as a strict morality play or simply a psychological thriller -- Apt Pupil just doesn't make the grade.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This sensationalistic tale doesn't delve very far into the issues it raises.
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50

Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
A creepy, if disjointed exploration of the nature of evil. But compared to its predecessor, it's also a bit of a disappointment.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
When bodies are buried in cellars and cats are thrown into lighted ovens, the film reveals itself as unworthy of its subject matter.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Apt Pupil is the lack of sustained tension generated by director Bryan Singer.
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51 out of 100
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