When a Stranger Calls Reviews

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 16, 2006
You know a horror movie's in trouble when the fake scares outweigh the real ones.
February 18, 2006
The film is not quite suspense-free, but almost. When finding a dead body underwater isn't scary, something is very wrong.
February 16, 2006
The original should have been a short film; the new version shouldn't exist at all.
February 13, 2006
This version is a thin, protracted study in shifting Hollywood strategies.
February 11, 2006
If there's a single dead-wrong instinct in this movie that isn't pursued with the blind determination of an amorous terrier during high-scent season, darned if I can remember it.
February 11, 2006
A production that never comes close to realizing its potential to tweak the viewer's primal fears.
February 9, 2006
Stranger is one long tease that, instead of building tension around Jill's efforts to outwit her mysterious stalker, has her run around the house, unsuccessfully calling every friend, cop and family member she knows.
February 8, 2006
This leaves young Belle (The Ballad of Jack and Rose) to wander rooms aimlessly, and for the musicians and Foley artists to work feverishly pretending there's reason for suspense.
February 6, 2006
When a Stranger Calls has been remade -- with undistinguished if inoffensive results -- by Simon West, who is quickly becoming a reliable purveyor of Hollywood's dreckiest dreck.
February 6, 2006
Dial M for mediocre.
February 6, 2006
For real thrills, rent the original, turn down the lights and scare yourself silly.
February 6, 2006
The scare-free When a Stranger Calls is the worst of the seminal horror movies from the late '70s and early '80s that have been getting the remake treatment lately.
February 3, 2006
Even by the lowest standards, this is a frightless, cynically made movie.
February 3, 2006
A modestly clever concept gets indifferent execution in When a Stranger Calls, another bigger-yet-blander remake of an allegedly classic' '70s shocker.
February 3, 2006
Nothing in this droopy remake of the 1978 thriller starring Carol Kane could possibly be as frightening as the Windex bill for those two-story picture windows, not to mention the ones that surround the indoor arboretum and fish pond.
February 3, 2006
This week's installment in the 'this film is so bad we're not screening it for critics' series.
February 3, 2006
It's funny how the story's mechanics hold up in the age of cells (static) and caller ID.