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Financial officer Jimmy Stevens (Frank Langella) works at a prominent energy company. After years of guilt, he decides to sabotage the company in retaliation for their damaging business policies in the Third World. Knowing there is a good chance that he will be killed for this transgression, Jimmy hires private detective Frank Turlotte (Elliott Gould) to trail and watch him without revealing his reasons. Soon, a past link between Jimmy and Frank will become important.

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (14)

  • IF Frank Langella hadn't received an Oscar nomination for "Frost/Nixon," it's pretty doubtful that an opaque oddity like Richard Ledes' The Caller would have managed even a one-week vanity booking at the Quad.

    February 13, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A corporate crime drama that runs fatally amok.

    February 13, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • There's a vaguely appealing elegance to the way the film moves -- that is, when the actors stop spouting laughably portentous dialogue long enough for one to appreciate the film's pacing.

    February 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/6
  • The Caller is a loopy, talky, 92-minute two-hander with Elliott Gould and Frank Langella (on a downward spiral following his juicy triumph in Frost/Nixon), written and directed by a force to forget called Richard Ledes.

    February 11, 2009 | Full Review…
  • We're left to wonder why we're watching Gould scramble for clues to a mystery we've been given the solution to.

    February 10, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Sadly, The Caller, the second feature from director Richard Ledes, doesn't allow its leading men the luxury of their legacies, instead forcing a wan quasi-thriller in the space where a laidback character study should be.

    February 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 11, 2010
    In "The Caller," Jimmy Stevens(Frank Langella), who after many years of being corrupt, has a crisis of conscience that causes him to not only blow the whistle on his employers in the energy industry, but also publicly expose them as the murdering scumbags they really are. This action does not come without a price as they would like him to take a trip to Red Hook. In return, he asks for two weeks in which he hires Frank Turlotte(Elliott Gould), a private investigator and birdwatcher, to trail him. "The Caller" almost succeeds solely on the merits of Frank Langella's quietly commanding performance. Overall, the movie is too modest to successfully connect its thoughts on World War II, 9/11, heightened security and oil companies into a coherent statement. Otherwise, there is not much else of interest, as it tips its hand too early when it should have instead patiently allowed the details of Jimmy's life to slowly unfold through Frank's eyes. As it is, Frank's observations verge on the unbelievably unprofessional, critiquing Jimmy as the epitome of boring.(Not to judge the watcher, but this comes from a solitary man who prefers the company of birds to humans.) There is a little bit in Frank that is endearing in finding simple pleasures in unexpected places in New York City but the film narrowly defines the city as Manhattan. It is Brooklyn where Jimmy is forced to go to.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2010
    Pretty cool movie a Private Investigator is hired by a man who wants the PI to follow someone, who the man who hired him. Twist and turns throughout. I enjoyed the suspense and Drama I'd give it 4 stars
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