Denise Calls Up Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
Variety
June 19, 2006
A minor but quirkily charming comedy about alientaion, love, and folly that reflects the zeitgeist in terms of AIDS and modern technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 4, 2004
Who'd have thought a movie about people talking on the phone could be so fun?
| Original Score: 4/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
October 16, 2002
Salwen has captured and properly identified a very particular modern American species. His emergence as a filmmaker is a true event.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2002
Insightful comedy about keeping in touch in the modern world.
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Denise Calls Up is, if limited, a surprising success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
At only 80 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, but slight though it may be, it knows how to create constant smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's hard to care about a movie story in which the characters never meet one another or really care about one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Might have been more effective if the writer/director had taken the time to create characters imbued with more than token traces of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The conceit of having everyone talk together almost exclusively by cell phone wears out its welcome by the halfway mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
After a while, besides enjoying the stories as such, we begin to enjoy the film's trickiness, almost all on the phone, as a sort of high-wire act.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Doesn't go much past its gimmick, but it marks Salwen as a talent worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
The film is never really funny-ha-ha, but it never bores the viewer at all thanks to Hal Salwen's direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
An alert, funny antisocial comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Even given its inherent limitations, it is interesting, unique, and thought provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Yes, the movie is a bunch of skits, all right. But in the end it sketches the more elaborate portrait of funny people who don't realize how funny they really are.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Too slight to be a cautionary fable and not light enough to merit the term 'goofy caper.' But it sits in an enjoyable place of its own.
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
As witty as this film is, Salwen can't get around the fact that a movie about people who don't meet saddles a director with a lot of scenes focusing on one person talking to no one but a piece of machinery.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 16, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 28, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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