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When a Stranger Calls Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's a safe dumb film for safe dumb audiences.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 20, 2009
Amateurish direction by Simon West ("Laura Croft: Tomb Raider") contributes to the utter failure of this pathetic update of the original film of the same title.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
If you've seen either Black Christmas or Halloween, there's nothing new here: the hyped-up score keeps telling us we ought to be scared, but the suspense feels mechanical and fake.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 27, 2006
...just as needless a remake as one might've expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 27, 2006
No plot, no originality, no stars -- and no reason for you to go and see this crap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
May 16, 2006
You know a horror movie's in trouble when the fake scares outweigh the real ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)
May 13, 2006
I can't help feeling that this updating could have been a little more imaginative -- the only wrinkle on the basic plot is that it uses mobile phones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
May 12, 2006
While teen chillers tend to be exercises in extreme dullness, at least director Simon West tries to wring some suspense out of the scenes here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
May 12, 2006
Loud, noisy, flashy but too rarely chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Having abstained from character development and stalling for something to do between calls, the movie dwells in the house's dark corners, plugging plot holes with overzealous sound design.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 12, 2006
Atmospheric but generally disappointing thriller, despite a passably tense climax and an eye-catching performance by newcomer Camilla Belle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
Brag Magazine
April 12, 2006
This year's "I Know What You Did Last Summer"...You'll be totally immersed and near on the verge of drawing sweat
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2006
god damn why in the world would they only remake the first 20 minutes?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 2, 2006
Não percebe que a premissa é insuficiente para sustentar 90 minutos de duração e, conseqüentemente, o resultado deixa muito a desejar com relação ao original.
| Original Score: 2/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 24, 2006
...it did half the trick for me and for that...it receives half the marks.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
March 16, 2006
I'll be damned if I can find anything to like
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 13, 2006
This remake of a 1979 thriller starring Carol Kane isn't particularly mysterious ... Unexpectedly, given his background in exploitation dramas, director Simon West doesn't push the horror to the max.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 4, 2006
Long distance information? Get me Hollywood, USA: I've got a rusty ice pick to bury in the gullet of whoever greenlighted this pointless exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 22, 2006
When a Stranger Calls understands that when alone and isolated in an unfamiliar place, an overactive imagination can be as frightening as any real threats.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 18, 2006
The only reason to watch this punishingly dull remake is to ogle raven-haired beauty Camilla Belle.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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