This year's "I Know What You Did Last Summer"...You'll be totally immersed and near on the verge of drawing sweat
| Original Score: 3/5
When a Stranger Calls understands that when alone and isolated in an unfamiliar place, an overactive imagination can be as frightening as any real threats.
| Original Score: B-
Never babysit in a house by a swamp without a gun.
One of those frustrating films that squanders its own good ideas with sloppy genre cop outs...but for genre fans used to wading through scores of bad films to find the occasional goodie, this one ain't half bad.
| Original Score: C+
One of the premier horror films of recent years.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Stylistically and technically, the film is top-notch.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's funny how the story's mechanics hold up in the age of cells (static) and caller ID.
I expected this film to suck wind like you wouldn't believe.... I was pleasantly surprised.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: C
Amateurish direction by Simon West ("Laura Croft: Tomb Raider") contributes to the utter failure of this pathetic update of the original film of the same title.
| Original Score: D
| Original Score: 1/4
If you've seen either Black Christmas or Halloween, there's nothing new here: the hyped-up score keeps telling us we ought to be scared, but the suspense feels mechanical and fake.
...just as needless a remake as one might've expected.
| Original Score: 2/4
No plot, no originality, no stars -- and no reason for you to go and see this crap.
| Original Score: 1/5
You know a horror movie's in trouble when the fake scares outweigh the real ones.
| Original Score: 2/5
I can't help feeling that this updating could have been a little more imaginative -- the only wrinkle on the basic plot is that it uses mobile phones.
While teen chillers tend to be exercises in extreme dullness, at least director Simon West tries to wring some suspense out of the scenes here.
Loud, noisy, flashy but too rarely chilling.
Having abstained from character development and stalling for something to do between calls, the movie dwells in the house's dark corners, plugging plot holes with overzealous sound design.
Atmospheric but generally disappointing thriller, despite a passably tense climax and an eye-catching performance by newcomer Camilla Belle.