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Denise Calls Up Reviews

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June 19, 2006
A minor but quirkily charming comedy about alientaion, love, and folly that reflects the zeitgeist in terms of AIDS and modern technology.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2004
Who'd have thought a movie about people talking on the phone could be so fun?
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2002
Salwen has captured and properly identified a very particular modern American species. His emergence as a filmmaker is a true event.
August 27, 2002
Insightful comedy about keeping in touch in the modern world.
June 5, 2002
Denise Calls Up is, if limited, a surprising success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 14, 2001
At only 80 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, but slight though it may be, it knows how to create constant smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Might have been more effective if the writer/director had taken the time to create characters imbued with more than token traces of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
After a while, besides enjoying the stories as such, we begin to enjoy the film's trickiness, almost all on the phone, as a sort of high-wire act.
January 1, 2000
It's hard to care about a movie story in which the characters never meet one another or really care about one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Too slight to be a cautionary fable and not light enough to merit the term 'goofy caper.' But it sits in an enjoyable place of its own.
January 1, 2000
Yes, the movie is a bunch of skits, all right. But in the end it sketches the more elaborate portrait of funny people who don't realize how funny they really are.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Even given its inherent limitations, it is interesting, unique, and thought provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
An alert, funny antisocial comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
The conceit of having everyone talk together almost exclusively by cell phone wears out its welcome by the halfway mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The film is never really funny-ha-ha, but it never bores the viewer at all thanks to Hal Salwen's direction.
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Doesn't go much past its gimmick, but it marks Salwen as a talent worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
As witty as this film is, Salwen can't get around the fact that a movie about people who don't meet saddles a director with a lot of scenes focusing on one person talking to no one but a piece of machinery.
July 16, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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