Critical Consensus: Atonement is Certified Fresh, One Missed Call Not Screened

Three days into the new year and we have our first not-screened movie!

This week at the movies, we've got cell phone shivers (One Missed Call, starring Shannyn Sossamon and Edward Burns) and a sweeping war drama/romance (Atonement, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy). What do the critics have to say?

The period romance/war drama Atonement has been generating some serious Oscar buzz, and critics say it's a worthy awards-season entry. Based upon Ian McEwan's widely praised novel, Atonement tells the story of Brionly (Saoirse Ronan), a 13-year-old who (intentionally or not) sabotages a budding romance between her posh sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and the more blue-collar Robbie (James McAvoy); with World War II on the horizon, all three of their lives will change forever. Critics say director Joe Wright's adaptation does an outstanding job of translating the source material's multilayered complexity to the screen while maintaining a riveting sense of irony and romantic longing throughout; strong performances from Knightley, McAvoy, and newcomer Ronan don't hurt, either. At 85 percent on the Tomatometer, Atonement is not only Certified Fresh, it's the statistical equal of the previous Wright-Knightley collabo, Pride and Prejudice. (Read our interviews with Wright here and McAvoy here; also, check out RT's Editors' Picks for 2007, since Atonement made several of our lists.)

Worst. Candygram. Ever.

It appears the folks behind One Missed Call forgot to add film critics to their "friends and family" plan, since the movie wasn't screened before release. In this remake of a J-horror flick of the same name, people find audio of the final moments of their lives on voicemail -- before they've even expired. Kids, stop calling those 900 numbers and guess that Tomatometer.

"To shreds, you say?"

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • The Killing of John Lennon, the story of Mark David Chapman's descent into madness, is at 48 percent on the Tomatometer.
  • The Korean slash-fest A Bloody Aria is at 33 percent.

    Chapman considers a blind purchase.

And congratulations to m_ioannidis for guessing Alien vs. Predator: Requiem's 16 percent Tomatometer last week! Makes you just want to go out and facehug somebody.

Recent James McAvoy Movies:
89% -- Starter for Ten (2007)
58% -- Becoming Jane (2007)
88% -- The Last King of Scotland (2006)
76% -- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)
50% -- Rory O'Shea Was Here (2005)



Jason Schaber

Boy can we get any deeper with such an un-original idea for a movie?So you miss the call and if you get a voicemail you will die in a certain amount of givin time?Oh c'mon give me a break they should of just sent this worth less junk straight to DVD.Can't blame Hollywood though for getting all the bad movies out of the way in the beginning of the year.There is nothing like watching the same old plot where you get to watch some dumb broad run away from her killer because she didn't anwser her phone........Oh so scary.I'm gonna pass on this movie.

Jan 3 - 05:53 PM


Rick King

One Missed Call-15%

Jan 3 - 05:54 PM


Michael Ioannidis

One Missed Call - 9%

Jan 3 - 06:01 PM


Alex Smith

One Missed Call- 7%

But let's just not even discuss One Missed Call.
Because is it really worth the time?

Jan 3 - 06:18 PM

Floor Man

Floor Man

One Missed Call: 12%

This looks sooo bad....

Jan 3 - 06:27 PM


frank burger

screening for one miss called is tonight
ya its prob lame but what ever

Jan 3 - 06:28 PM


Patrick Albers

I'll be generous and say One Missed Call gets a 19% once it's all said and done. I don't know WHY I'm being generous, I suspect it's much worse than that, but what the heck.

Jan 3 - 06:46 PM


Nick Bernardino


Jan 3 - 07:10 PM


Craig Smith

One Missed Call- 13%

Jan 3 - 07:16 PM

Mr. Bowler

Joseph Tomlinson

One Missed Call: 10%

Jan 3 - 08:07 PM

Bane Of Anubis


Atonement started off well and Oscarites will fall for it b/c of the typewriter score, but the middle of the movie was needlessly ponderous and the ending was unsatisfactory (B-).

OMC: 5%

Jan 3 - 09:20 PM

A Lapse In Reason

Nick Haskell

One Missed call- 6%

an early year stinker guaranteed

Jan 3 - 09:41 PM


Marshall Lau

I'll squeeze in a 14%

Jan 3 - 09:52 PM


john irvine

14% i'm being way to generous... but some stupid critics actually like this!

Jan 3 - 09:56 PM


Richard Remington

One missed call: 3% I put it up there with

Jan 4 - 01:34 AM


jonathan ramirez

cloverfield better get this year started on the 18'th! i sure hope so..... anyway one missed call gets 6% cuz really, these movies are sucking harder than a 40 year old single mother-prostitute.

Jan 4 - 03:31 AM


Gimy Moo

one missed call...My Meter...100%, looks so bad its good...much the same way When a Stranger Calls was bad...this one looks like crap as well. "unoriginal idea". when was the last time you saw a really original idea from a horror/scary flick? its been awhile...i couldn't careless if its executed well(or SO poorly) that its entertaining

Cloverfield WILL definitely start one thing Kid, a rush on Advil and Tylenol. the trailer, with its shaky camera work gave me a headache...can't wait for the movie, barf bag here i come

Jan 4 - 04:55 AM


frank burger

well saw it
its ok if you like jumping on a mountain of swords
still better than there will be blood

Jan 4 - 07:13 AM


Kimberly Gibson

I saw Atonement twice and it deserves all of the buzz. One Missed Call should get a rating of 5%. (and that is being generous). It sounds more lame that scary.

Jan 4 - 10:08 AM


Todd Hobart

OMC - 20%
Why not? Middle school kids will love it.

Jan 4 - 10:31 AM

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