The Call Reviews

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July 30, 2019
Unfortunately, The Call quickly veers off-road to four-wheel in the Land of Stupid Choices, that place in horror usually littered with the bodies of promiscuous co-eds.
November 18, 2018
There is a particular twist and/or spoiler alert that cannot be revealed but let's just say that it still cannot compensate for much of The Call's stillborn material that plays like an annoying cellphone ringtone.
March 7, 2017
This film is a whole lot scarier than you think it's going to be.
May 31, 2016
It's difficult to hold an audience pretty much alone for 70 minutes but [Halle Berry] does a much better job than the screenplay deserves.
April 9, 2016
A surprisingly proficient thriller - even more proficient for the viewer who bails before the final scene.
March 23, 2015
A simple but tense thriller told from the perspective of kidnap victim and 911-responder.
January 6, 2014
This is a cleverly made, smartly written, totally satisfying armrest-gripper.
November 20, 2013
It seems at odds with itself thanks to a generous helping of tropes from two distinctly different genres: fast-paced action thriller and creepy serial killer horror.
November 18, 2013
Rides completely off the rails by the finale, and the film seems to completely embrace its stupidity...
October 1, 2013
Halle Berry delivers an emphatic reminder of her star status in this tightly-plotted low-budget thriller.
September 27, 2013
Relentlessly suspenseful, this lean thriller has an emotional subtext that makes it almost unbearably involving.
September 22, 2013
The Call delivers taut no-frills thrills for two-thirds of its brisk, hour-and-half running time. But the plot falls apart spectacularly as soon as Halle leaves the 911 control room and the ludicrous finale will leave you groaning.
September 20, 2013
A film that was just highly improbable for 75 minutes loses its mind thereafter and invites you to do the same.
September 20, 2013
While plausibility is often stretched to the limit, the sense of threat will keep you on the edge of your seat, even during a ridiculously gratuitous denouement.
September 20, 2013
The familiar serial-killer flick gets a welcome shakeup, upending the woman-as-victim clich and offering a bracing new perspective on an oft-told tale.
September 20, 2013
The Call is the kind of vaguely smart, extremely gory gloop you should watch on TV, preferably when you're tucked up in bed with a delirium-inducing fever. That way, you won't notice when the script goes bonkers.
September 19, 2013
The Call begins as a moderately effective thriller, showing us a side of the LA police we haven't seen before. Then it gets dumb. Then it gets much dumber.
September 19, 2013
Berry and Breslin make a good women-in-peril double act.
September 19, 2013
A promising picture turns into gibberish. Shame.
September 19, 2013
The story and set-up feel conceptually flawed from the get-go. This was never going to end well.
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