The Monitor (Babycall) Reviews

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Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
July 24, 2012
The Monitor is one of the better psychological thrillers I've seen in awhile.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 20, 2012
(Noomy) Rapace gives the performance of the week ( ... ) on this form I could watch her all day long
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 19, 2012
Rapace again proves herself to be a fearless actress, especially when Babycall is delivering elements which are as unsettling as something like Robin Williams' One Hour Photo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rosie Fletcher
SFX Magazine
April 2, 2012
Provides an effectively unsettling counterpart to glossier chillers of its ilk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 31, 2012
The film and Rapace command our attention, though at the end one feels Norway has used up the whole of this year's quota of red herrings.

Empire Magazine
March 30, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
March 30, 2012
It's a bit on the dour side but Rapace is always watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
March 29, 2012
This effective chiller bears more than a passing resemblance to The Baby's Room, Alex de la Iglesia's contribution to the 2006 Spanish TV series Films to Keep You Awake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
March 29, 2012
The ending may not entirely add up, but a minor complaint with so much else to keep us on our toes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
March 29, 2012
It's the naturalistic intensity of Rapace's performance that stays with us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
March 29, 2012
Part disturbing study of vulnerability, part twisty-turny decoy fest, Babycall gets a bit too ensnared in its own web of intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
March 28, 2012
Ambiguous and enigmatic or muddled and unsatisfying? It's your call.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
March 27, 2012
Genuinely creepy, it's another Scandinavian thriller that will nestle uncomfortably in your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Gallagher
The List
March 23, 2012
It's a well-paced, gradually established scenario; Norwegian writer/director Pål Sletaune keeps us guessing as to what is really going on, while drip-feeding information that slowly undermines the reliability of Anna's perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
March 16, 2012
The script needs more nurturing but Noomi Rapace takes up some of the slack in Pal Sletaune's maternal mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
February 23, 2012
Sletaune maintains a fraught, creepy atmosphere throughout, making excellent use of the claustrophobic interiors and sparse, crumbling neighbourhood surrounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
July 28, 2012
Norwegian director/writer Pal Sletaune appears to have been influenced by Roman Polanski, but The Monitor is more oppressive than haunting. There is little or no sense of dread. The climax is predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 31, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
March 30, 2012
The movie makes less and less effort to keep us up to speed - it's a reasonable assumption that a lot of it's going on inside Rapace's head, but determining precisely how much feels like a fool's errand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 29, 2012
It's a great idea for a thriller - but then other plotlines get muddled in, and everything unravels into a cop-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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