Denise Calls Up
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Denise Calls Up
Thanks to the technological marvels of wireless phones, answering machines, the internet, and e-mail, it is no longer necessary actually to see anyone you know, and seven friends have taken this notion to its logical extreme in this comedy. Linda (Aida Turturro) throws a birthday party and to her dismay, none of her friends show up. The next day, while making phone calls with several acquaintances (none of whom ever meet face to face), Linda hears the same excuse from everyone: they were busy with work and tied up on the phone. Denise (Alanna Ubach), meanwhile, is pregnant, and she decides to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A minor but quirkily charming comedy about alientaion, love, and folly that reflects the zeitgeist in terms of AIDS and modern technology."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"It's hard to care about a movie story in which the characters never meet one another or really care about one another."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Who'd have thought a movie about people talking on the phone could be so fun?"
‑ Sarah Chauncey,
"The conceit of having everyone talk together almost exclusively by cell phone wears out its welcome by the halfway mark."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Even given its inherent limitations, it is interesting, unique, and thought provoking."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Salwen has captured and properly identified a very particular modern American species. His emergence as a filmmaker is a true event."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"After a while, besides enjoying the stories as such, we begin to enjoy the film's trickiness, almost all on the phone, as a sort of high-wire act."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Insightful comedy about keeping in touch in the modern world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The film is never really funny-ha-ha, but it never bores the viewer at all thanks to Hal Salwen's direction."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Yes, the movie is a bunch of skits, all right. But in the end it sketches the more elaborate portrait of funny people who don't realize how funny they really are."
‑ Bob Thompson, Jam! Movies
"At only 80 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, but slight though it may be, it knows how to create constant smiles."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Doesn't go much past its gimmick, but it marks Salwen as a talent worth watching."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Denise Calls Up is, if limited, a surprising success."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"An alert, funny antisocial comedy."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"As witty as this film is, Salwen can't get around the fact that a movie about people who don't meet saddles a director with a lot of scenes focusing on one person talking to no one but a piece of machinery."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
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