Apt Pupil (1998) Movie Review

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Apt Pupil (1998)

1998 | R | Thriller, Drama, Crime, Romance
111 minutes / 1h 51min

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Apt Pupil Plot Synopsis:

Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden (Renfro) discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker (Mackellan) is N*zi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the concentration camps in WWII. Denker agrees and Bowden starts visiting him regularly. The more stories Bowden hears, the more it affects his personality.

Apt Pupil (1998) Review

Bryan Singer directed Apt Pupil (1998) won 6 movie awards and was nominated for another 6 movie awards. Bryan Singer worked wonders with this Stephen King novel move adaptation. Apt Pupil did not fare so well at the box office making $8.8 million on an estimated movie budget of $14 million.


Apt Pupil is the story of a boy, Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro), who discovers that his elderly neighbor Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellen ) is a N*zi war criminal. Todd proceeds to blackmail his Kurt and in doing so, sparks a fire that should not be restarted.

Apt Pupil suffers from some pacing issues but proves that monsters come in all shapes and forms. The older looking Dussander descends back into his darker past rekindling the evil from the past. A stronger and scarier part of the film is when Dussander takes a liking to Todd and looks to corrupt his mind. Will Dussander succeed in creating a monster for the new generation?

  • Apt Pupil Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.16
  • IMDB: 6.7
  • MetaCritic: 5.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.3

About Apt Pupil 1998

Title: Apt Pupil
Year: 1998
Runtime: 111 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime, Romance
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.08/5 stars from 32,384 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 32,384
MPAA Rating: R
Apt Pupil Cast Starring: Ian McKellen, Elias Koteas, James Karen, Joshua Jackson, Michael Reid MacKay, Bruce Davison, Michael Byrne, Joe Morton, David Schwimmer, Kevin Spirtas, Brad Renfro, Mickey Cottrell, Ann Dowd, Darrell Britt, Richard Dunn, Anthony Moore, Joseph Ashton Montgomery, Phaedra Neitzel, Danna Dennis, Jan Tríska, Jan Tríska, Michael Artura, Donna Marie Brown, Mark Flythe, Warren Wilson, Marjorie Lovett, Jill Harris, David Cooley, Norbert D. Singer, Blake Anthony Tibbetts
Apt Pupil Writers: Stephen King, Brandon Boyce
Apt Pupil Director: Bryan Singer
Production: TriStar Pictures
Website: http://www.spe.sony.com/movies/jump/aptpupil.html
Language: English, German
Country: USA, France