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When a Stranger Calls Reviews

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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
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-
February 8, 2006
Never babysit in a house by a swamp without a gun.
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February 5, 2006
One of those frustrating films that squanders its own good ideas with sloppy genre cop outs...but for genre fans used to wading through scores of bad films to find the occasional goodie, this one ain't half bad.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 4, 2006
One of the premier horror films of recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 4, 2006
Stylistically and technically, the film is top-notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2006
It's funny how the story's mechanics hold up in the age of cells (static) and caller ID.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 3, 2006
I expected this film to suck wind like you wouldn't believe.... I was pleasantly surprised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 29, 2009
It's a safe dumb film for safe dumb audiences.
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
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
May 27, 2006
...just as needless a remake as one might've expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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
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
May 12, 2006
Loud, noisy, flashy but too rarely chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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