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Reviews: The Call (2013)

callReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 9/26] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: The Call would fit within the Lifetime Movie Network’s schedule to where one can wonder whether it was intended for cable/satellite broadcast and just found itself in theaters.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: There’s no one moment where The Call breaks; more like a five minute span where it goes from everything mostly working to everything mostly not.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: The point of a movie is to entertain, and entertain “The Call” does. So what if that entertainment value comes from unintentional hilarity and silliness?
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Halle Berry protagoniza un thriller que entretiene a pesar de sus debilidades actorales, gracias a un tema poco común
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In between the extended prologue and ridiculously out-of-character third act of The Call, there is a clever little thriller…
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Intense yet shallow – with a final, vengeful twist that utterly disconnects.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ Film4.com
    • Excerpt: Tense, effective popcorn pulp that smashes to smithereens the tired trope of woman-as-victim.
  • Dan Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: “The Call” is a sour, dopey flop; unable to deliver anything worthwhile aside from the odd, sparse moment of competence.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … this claustrophobic little shocker starts out with promise but soon falls prey to idiotic plotting. It winds up as a lesser variation on ‘Silence of the Lambs’ … Sorry, wrong number.
  • Dan Lybarger @ KCActive.com
    • Excerpt: The story could be about how she deals or doesn’t deal with the helplessness of the situation, but that would have required more work than anybody involved with The Call was apparently willing to make.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Two-thirds terrific and one-third routine.
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: The Call is all about pluck – just in a very dark environment, punctuated with bursts of ultra violence.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: It ultimately buckles under the weight of its own ridiculousness with a thoroughly misjudged third act that takes its stupidity to a whole new level.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Hanging on in there…
  • Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies
    • Excerpt: Filmmaker Brad Anderson’s woefully generic psychological thriller The Call is about as monotonous as a continual dial tone…nothing more than a mere disconnection of false jolts and jumps.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Anderson, who has skillfully handled a wide range of genres in the indie realm, is the reason The Call ends up being a taut, even exciting thriller that is better than it has any right to be.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: An hour’s worth of good material is burned by a third act that is just plain stupid.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: An extremely unsavory thriller.
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 9:30 pm

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