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The Call Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 6, 2014
This is a cleverly made, smartly written, totally satisfying armrest-gripper.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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
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Sam Adams
Time Out
March 19, 2013
Crude as it is, The Call milks its jump scares and don't-go-down-to-the-basement tension for all they're worth. See it with a full house, if you absolutely must see it at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 15, 2013
Let's call The Call what it is: high quality trash that both diminishes and is redeemed by all the talents who have deigned to bring it to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Entertainment Weekly
March 15, 2013
If you're going to watch a movie in which two people talk on the phone for most of the film, it's not the worst thing in the world for one of the folks involved to have the face of Storm from the X-Men.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 15, 2013
This is as brain-dead as a movie can be and it assumes the audience will have the I.Q. of a rutabaga.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 15, 2013
It's a lot better than you might expect a movie like this to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
March 15, 2013
"The Call" consciously decides to slowly drown itself in the tub.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
March 15, 2013
Yes, it's cheese, but it's good cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 15, 2013
I'll say one thing for "The Call": Its ending is actually a bit of a surprise. Just when you think it couldn't get any stupider, pow!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 15, 2013
Can't someone come up with screenwriting software that signals when a script has made the fatal slip from hyped-up suspense to sheer ludicrousness?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
March 15, 2013
... a breakneck, truly thrilling thriller, one that builds excitement through both brains and brutality ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2013
The material has the mild impact of a special episode of a network crime series, with Eklund's villain a figure of mannered creepiness rather than profound chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2013
If it were any more intense would require a complete physical and medical clearance for admission into the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
March 14, 2013
A sputtering, so-so B thriller with a neat hook but very little personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 14, 2013
The Call cribs from so many other psychological thrillers that it might as well be called "The Girl With the Lovely Bones Cellular Silence of the Lambs.''
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 14, 2013
An effectively creepy thriller about a 911 operator and a young miss in peril, "The Call" is a model of low-budget filmmaking.
| Original Score: 5/5
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March 14, 2013
The shoddy attention to character, plausibility, and detail is particularly surprising coming from Anderson, a director of smart indie thrillers like The Machinist, Session 9 and Transsiberian.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
March 14, 2013
Thinking about seeing The Call? You may want to put that on hold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 14, 2013
Maybe Anderson wants to sell out, but he's not very good at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
March 14, 2013
"The Call" dials up a shallow thrill ride, but one efficiently peppered with your typical "don't go in there!" moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2013
The film is at once shamelessly transparent, manipulative, and far-fetched, and impossibly suspenseful. You'll want to take a shower afterward - that's how icky you'll feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 14, 2013
When The Call focuses on Berry and her headset, the movie maintains an entertaining level of suspense; when it becomes yet another Silence of the Lambs rip-off, you can feel the tension seep away.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 14, 2013
A tense and efficient little thriller right up to the moment when Halle Berry, a 911 operator, decides to leave her desk.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew Barker
Variety
March 12, 2013
There's little to differentiate this high-pitched screamer from a particularly feverish Law and Order rerun.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
March 12, 2013
For the most part ... a tense, extreme-jeopardy thriller that delivers the intended goods.