The Call Reviews

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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.
January 6, 2014
This is a cleverly made, smartly written, totally satisfying armrest-gripper.
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 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
Berry and Breslin make a good women-in-peril double act.
September 19, 2013
It's a neat nerve-frayer with lessons for anyone finding themselves trapped in a confined space and needing to alert the outside world.
September 19, 2013
It's the trashy premise that hooks you in.
September 19, 2013
After this unusually well-made thriller builds suspense to almost unbearable levels, the filmmakers nearly throw everything away with a gear-change so contrived that we can't help but laugh.
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.
September 18, 2013
It's a tense, taut thriller that only eases off the tension in the final reel.
September 18, 2013
The familiar serial-killer flick gets a welcome shakeup, smashing to smithereens the tired trope of woman-as-victim and offering a bracing new perspective on an oft-told tale.
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.
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.
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.
May 21, 2013
An effective thriller that does an ace job of maintaining your elevated heart rate
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.
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