A minor but quirkily charming comedy about alientaion, love, and folly that reflects the zeitgeist in terms of AIDS and modern technology.
| Original Score: 3/4
Who'd have thought a movie about people talking on the phone could be so fun?
| Original Score: 4/5
Salwen has captured and properly identified a very particular modern American species. His emergence as a filmmaker is a true event.
Insightful comedy about keeping in touch in the modern world.
Denise Calls Up is, if limited, a surprising success.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
At only 80 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, but slight though it may be, it knows how to create constant smiles.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's hard to care about a movie story in which the characters never meet one another or really care about one another.
| Original Score: 2/4
Might have been more effective if the writer/director had taken the time to create characters imbued with more than token traces of humanity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The conceit of having everyone talk together almost exclusively by cell phone wears out its welcome by the halfway mark.
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.
Doesn't go much past its gimmick, but it marks Salwen as a talent worth watching.
The film is never really funny-ha-ha, but it never bores the viewer at all thanks to Hal Salwen's direction.
| Original Score: 3/5
An alert, funny antisocial comedy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Even given its inherent limitations, it is interesting, unique, and thought provoking.
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 2/5