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The Call

Overview


Genre :

Thriller, Suspense

Release Date :

March 15, 2013

MPAA Rating :

R

Director :

Brad Anderson

Starring :

Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Michael Imperioli, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, Justina Machado, Ella Rae Peck, Roma Maffia

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

“..whether it's the odd directorial tic of freeze-framing during moments of violence - perhaps intended to suggest a sort of rage-induced blackout, but which feels like a projector glitch - or the offputting cadence shifts in editing..”
by Andrew Barker [Variety]
2 of 4

“..The Call cribs from so many other psychological thrillers that it might as well be called "The Girl With the Lovely Bones Cellular Silence of the Lambs''..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
3 of 4

“..it's one of those movies, that rare thing - a thriller that actually thrills..”
by Mick LaSalle [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..it's careless storytelling - and unfortunately, it's typical of the bizarre choices and the lazy, sloppy structure that inform the last 20 minutes of the film..”
2 of 4

“..is doubly contemptible..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
2 of 4

“..instead, the movie's 90 minutes of effective, grueling, increasingly ugly, eventually ridiculous suspense..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
2 of 4

“..as much as the film tries to extend itself beyond the boilerplate thriller formula - distressed damsel, twisted psycho, clock ticking - a flawed script and a less than persuasive villain undermine the effort..”
by Bruce Demara [Toronto Star]
5 of 5

“..an effectively creepy thriller about a 911 operator and a young miss in peril, "The Call" is a model of low-budget filmmaking..”
by Manohla Dargis [New York Times]
2 of 5
Reviewed by Sheri Linden [Los Angeles Times]
Reviewed by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]

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