A prolonged, maddening, predictable -- yet curiously pleasurable -- descent into incomprehensibility.
One Missed Call is a mess.
| Original Score: 2/4
One Missed Call staggers under the weight of its director's taste for baroque excess.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
There is something uniquely delicious in what the film says about the desperation of some cell users.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
So unoriginal that the movie could almost be a parody of J-horror tropes, yet Miike, for a while at least, stages it with a dread-soaked visual flair that allows you to enjoy being manipulated.
| Original Score: C+
No more than Miike's shot at generating a polished, rote, expertly composed J-horror flick.
Routine horror with a confusingly drawn-out finale.
| Original Score: 2/5
For much of the going, Miike juggles the Asian psychothriller portfolio (elevators, clock hands, vengeful ghosts, buried family traumas) with gleeful skill.
Miike, whose work usually veers into more surreal, experimental terrain, uses creepy-crawly juxtaposition, grisly violence, and dark humor to create a nightmare scenario for the text-message generation.
| Original Score: 3/4