The Call Reviews

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Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 23, 2015
A simple but tense thriller told from the perspective of kidnap victim and 911-responder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 6, 2014
This is a cleverly made, smartly written, totally satisfying armrest-gripper.
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
November 20, 2013
It seems at odds with itself thanks to a generous helping of tropes from two distinctly different genres: fast-paced action thriller and creepy serial killer horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 18, 2013
Rides completely off the rails by the finale, and the film seems to completely embrace its stupidity...
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 1, 2013
Halle Berry delivers an emphatic reminder of her star status in this tightly-plotted low-budget thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 27, 2013
Relentlessly suspenseful, this lean thriller has an emotional subtext that makes it almost unbearably involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 22, 2013
The Call delivers taut no-frills thrills for two-thirds of its brisk, hour-and-half running time. But the plot falls apart spectacularly as soon as Halle leaves the 911 control room and the ludicrous finale will leave you groaning.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 20, 2013
A film that was just highly improbable for 75 minutes loses its mind thereafter and invites you to do the same.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 20, 2013
While plausibility is often stretched to the limit, the sense of threat will keep you on the edge of your seat, even during a ridiculously gratuitous denouement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2013
The familiar serial-killer flick gets a welcome shakeup, upending the woman-as-victim cliché and offering a bracing new perspective on an oft-told tale.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
September 20, 2013
The Call is the kind of vaguely smart, extremely gory gloop you should watch on TV, preferably when you're tucked up in bed with a delirium-inducing fever. That way, you won't notice when the script goes bonkers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
September 19, 2013
The Call begins as a moderately effective thriller, showing us a side of the LA police we haven't seen before. Then it gets dumb. Then it gets much dumber.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
September 19, 2013
Berry and Breslin make a good women-in-peril double act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 19, 2013
A promising picture turns into gibberish. Shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
September 19, 2013
The story and set-up feel conceptually flawed from the get-go. This was never going to end well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 19, 2013
It's a neat nerve-frayer with lessons for anyone finding themselves trapped in a confined space and needing to alert the outside world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
September 19, 2013
It's the trashy premise that hooks you in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 19, 2013
After this unusually well-made thriller builds suspense to almost unbearable levels, the filmmakers nearly throw everything away with a gear-change so contrived that we can't help but laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 19, 2013
Smartly directed and sharply written, The Call is a suspenseful and engaging thriller with superb performances from Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, though it stumbles a little in the final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
September 18, 2013
It's a tense, taut thriller that only eases off the tension in the final reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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