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The Call Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 18, 2013
Tense, effective popcorn pulp that smashes to smithereens the tired trope of woman-as-victim.
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 17, 2013
Just when the movie has us in its grasp, the script falls to pieces and turns into a crass female-in-peril button-pusher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Alcock
Empire Magazine
September 16, 2013
The kind of clichéd nonsense so common in the mid-'90s, it's a throwback - and not necessarily in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
September 13, 2013
Claustrophobic and low-key, the bulk of the film works brilliantly - helped in no small part by Berry's fantastically fractured performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
September 5, 2013
The serious subject of child abduction and murder isn't well served by the way Anderson's film veers into a comic book/vigilante drama, ultimately making this a call worth avoiding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clay Cane
July 21, 2013
'The Call' won't be a film we'll remember five years or even a year from now, but the popcorn flick isn't meant to rock the souls of viewers, it's meant to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
An intriguing concept is overshadowed by a remarkably outrageous third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Phil Villarreal
June 25, 2013
Berry's character's brutal, though improbable, determination keeps the intensity high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 26, 2013
With another whopper plot, this one's saved by a strong turn from Berry, a convincingly panicked performance by Breslin and, as one of the more incompetent screen villains in some time, Eklund.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 22, 2013
The Call is a thriller that works tremendously for the duration of the titular 'call.' The minute that the call ends, it spirals into an avalanche of horror/thriller film clichés that results in disastrously bad and an unintentionally comedic climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
May 21, 2013
An effective thriller that does an ace job of maintaining your elevated heart rate
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2013
A straight-forward, race-against-time thriller...In an alternate universe, one imagines a disciple of Hitchcock making this film in real time and without any violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
May 12, 2013
A tense psychological chiller that ratchets up the tension before collapsing with a predictable finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 12, 2013
Hi, I'd like to order an abduction thriller set around the 911 emergency call centre in Los Angeles. Sure, would you like a psycho with that? Ah yes, and while we're at it can I upsize to the hero being, a heroine ... and black. Done
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 12, 2013
Tense and gripping nail-biter that involves us in the moment-by-moment revelations of a terrifying abduction case
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2013
A 911 flick that's actually 341--3 movies 4 the price of a bad 1. The psychological thriller rushes; the psycho-horror scrapes the bottom of the barrel of titillation; the quick ending burner-phones in any remaining character development and plausibility.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 3, 2013
A high-concept thriller that certainly has the potential to self-destruct... But genre specialist Brad Anderson gives it a taut, low-budget energy that keeps it pulsing throughout its entire running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
April 11, 2013
Put it this way: now educated and abused, good girl Casey no longer has a problem with bad language.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 9, 2013
Ansioso para se mostrar chocante e audacioso, o desfecho soa apenas como um adolescente tentando impressionar os amigos ao agir como um babaca.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 28, 2013
Even though the finish of the film is beyond the reach of believability, somehow it didn't spoil the suspense that preceded it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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