The Call Reviews

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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 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 13, 2013
Claustrophobic and low-key, the bulk of the film works brilliantly - helped in no small part by Berry's fantastically fractured performance.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
May 12, 2013
A tense psychological chiller that ratchets up the tension before collapsing with a predictable finale.
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, 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
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