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 23, 2015
A simple but tense thriller told from the perspective of kidnap victim and 911-responder.
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...
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 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
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.
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.
September 16, 2013
The kind of clichd nonsense so common in the mid-'90s, it's a throwback - and not necessarily in a good way.
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.
June 30, 2013
An intriguing concept is overshadowed by a remarkably outrageous third act.
June 25, 2013
Berry's character's brutal, though improbable, determination keeps the intensity high.
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 clichs that results in disastrously bad and an unintentionally comedic climax.
May 12, 2013
A tense psychological chiller that ratchets up the tension before collapsing with a predictable finale.
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.
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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