When a Stranger Calls Reviews

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February 11, 2006
[Belle] seems only able to summon up an emotion that approximates how I feel when I have poured a bowl of cereal and realize I am out of milk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
February 11, 2006
A production that never comes close to realizing its potential to tweak the viewer's primal fears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 6, 2006
A scary final 15 minutes, but until the climax and epilogue, we're confronted with mostly dead air.
Scott Weinberg
February 5, 2006
This thing is a movie like static is a song.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
February 9, 2006
Stranger is one long tease that, instead of building tension around Jill's efforts to outwit her mysterious stalker, has her run around the house, unsuccessfully calling every friend, cop and family member she knows.
Edward Douglas
February 3, 2006
Unless you're a 13-year-old girl alone at home, there aren't many scares to be found in this horrible, pointless remake
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 3, 2006
Elongates its source material's memorable opening segment to the 83-minute breaking point.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
February 3, 2006
The bare-bones story simply can't survive being stretched to a feature-length running time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
February 3, 2006
Don't answer this made-for-TV style stinker.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Brian Orndorf
February 3, 2006
In a just world, teenagers will see the garbage that Screen Gems is trying to shovel down their throats with Stranger, and ignore it like they would a concerned parent.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Kit Bowen
February 3, 2006
This latest horror remake may not necessarily pack the same horrifying wallop as the original, but When a Stranger Calls is still a classic example of a babysitter's worst nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
April 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Joshua Tyler
February 3, 2006
A minimum effort horror movie. It does just enough to scare easily unnerved thirteen-year-old girls, and not much else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
February 4, 2006
West dials up a wrong number in this flimsy remake of the 1979 B-movie...When A Stranger Calls feels about as flat and plastic as a long distance phone card.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's a safe dumb film for safe dumb audiences.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mike Ward
February 4, 2006
An open letter to the filmmakers of the worst movie I've ever seen in my life...
Staci Layne Wilson
February 2, 2006
Heavy duty horror fans will not be willing to pay this phone bill, but the core audience for this PG-13 thriller will more than likely take the Stranger's call this weekend.
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 3, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
May 13, 2006
Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010

Sydney Morning Herald
March 17, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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