The Calling (2014)



Critic Consensus: The Calling offers an excellent cast and a few decent thrills, but that isn't enough to overcome its lack of suspense or original ideas.

Movie Info

Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Port Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

Rating: R (for violent content, disturbing images and some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Abramovitch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2014
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as Hazel Micallef

as Ben Wingate

as Ray Green

as Emily Micallef

as Father Price

as Office Vongarner

as Grace Batten

as Melanie Cartright

as Jane Buck

as Rose Batten

as Officer Mathieson

as Father Glendinning

as Mason's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Calling

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (9)

The Calling breathes new life into a moribund genre by touching oft-ignored themes and offering a bit of introspection to go along with the obligatory slashed throats and biblical portents.

Full Review… | September 8, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

What not even Sutherland can do, and which eventually makes you want to lie down on the floor just like Sarandon, is make The Calling convincing or compelling.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Basically this is the story of some major talents having to make do, once again, with a minor film. And that's a crime too, if not quite a sin.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The outcome is shrug-worthy rather than shocking.

Full Review… | February 28, 2015
Movie Talk

There are pleasures to be found in the crotchety maternal interplay between Sarandon and Ellen Burstyn ...

Full Review… | October 11, 2014
Observer [UK]

Working against the sublime, hilly backdrop of Dundas, director Jason Stone keeps his pacing elegant and the atmosphere moody.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Irish Times

Audience Reviews for The Calling

Not a bad film but not a great one either. I probably was more sympathetic to this effort because of its overtly Canadian background. The film was entirely filmed in Hamilton.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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