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The Call Reviews

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September 19, 2013
Smartly directed and sharply written, The Call is a suspenseful and engaging thriller with superb performances from Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, though it stumbles a little in the final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 18, 2013
It's a tense, taut thriller that only eases off the tension in the final reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 18, 2013
Tense, effective popcorn pulp that smashes to smithereens the tired trope of woman-as-victim.
September 17, 2013
Just when the movie has us in its grasp, the script falls to pieces and turns into a crass female-in-peril button-pusher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 16, 2013
The kind of clichéd nonsense so common in the mid-'90s, it's a throwback - and not necessarily in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 13, 2013
Claustrophobic and low-key, the bulk of the film works brilliantly - helped in no small part by Berry's fantastically fractured performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2013
The serious subject of child abduction and murder isn't well served by the way Anderson's film veers into a comic book/vigilante drama, ultimately making this a call worth avoiding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 21, 2013
'The Call' won't be a film we'll remember five years or even a year from now, but the popcorn flick isn't meant to rock the souls of viewers, it's meant to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 30, 2013
An intriguing concept is overshadowed by a remarkably outrageous third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
June 25, 2013
Berry's character's brutal, though improbable, determination keeps the intensity high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 26, 2013
With another whopper plot, this one's saved by a strong turn from Berry, a convincingly panicked performance by Breslin and, as one of the more incompetent screen villains in some time, Eklund.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 22, 2013
The Call is a thriller that works tremendously for the duration of the titular 'call.' The minute that the call ends, it spirals into an avalanche of horror/thriller film clichés that results in disastrously bad and an unintentionally comedic climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 21, 2013
An effective thriller that does an ace job of maintaining your elevated heart rate
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2013
A straight-forward, race-against-time thriller...In an alternate universe, one imagines a disciple of Hitchcock making this film in real time and without any violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 12, 2013
A tense psychological chiller that ratchets up the tension before collapsing with a predictable finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 12, 2013
Hi, I'd like to order an abduction thriller set around the 911 emergency call centre in Los Angeles. Sure, would you like a psycho with that? Ah yes, and while we're at it can I upsize to the hero being ...er, a heroine ... and black. Done
May 12, 2013
Tense and gripping nail-biter that involves us in the moment-by-moment revelations of a terrifying abduction case
May 6, 2013
A 911 flick that's actually 341--3 movies 4 the price of a bad 1. The psychological thriller rushes; the psycho-horror scrapes the bottom of the barrel of titillation; the quick ending burner-phones in any remaining character development and plausibility.
May 3, 2013
A high-concept thriller that certainly has the potential to self-destruct... But genre specialist Brad Anderson gives it a taut, low-budget energy that keeps it pulsing throughout its entire running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2013
Put it this way: now educated and abused, good girl Casey no longer has a problem with bad language.
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