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Denise Calls Up Reviews

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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
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
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
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.
January 1, 2000
An alert, funny antisocial comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
August 27, 2002
Insightful comedy about keeping in touch in the modern world.
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
Doesn't go much past its gimmick, but it marks Salwen as a talent worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
June 5, 2002
Denise Calls Up is, if limited, a surprising success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 16, 2002
Salwen has captured and properly identified a very particular modern American species. His emergence as a filmmaker is a true event.
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