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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a cleverly made, smartly written, totally satisfying armrest-gripper."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Let's call The Call what it is: high quality trash that both diminishes and is redeemed by all the talents who have deigned to bring it to life."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"For the first 45 minutes or so, The Call is surprisingly tense and effective. As soon as Berry leaves her desk, however, it unravels quicker than you can say "poodle perm"."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Halle Berry delivers an emphatic reminder of her star status in this tightly-plotted low-budget thriller."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"A film that was just highly improbable for 75 minutes loses its mind thereafter and invites you to do the same."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Just when the movie has us in its grasp, the script falls to pieces and turns into a crass female-in-peril button-pusher."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"If you're going to watch a movie in which two people talk on the phone for most of the film, it's not the worst thing in the world for one of the folks involved to have the face of Storm from the X-Men."
‑ , Entertainment Weekly
"It seems at odds with itself thanks to a generous helping of tropes from two distinctly different genres: fast-paced action thriller and creepy serial killer horror."
‑ Matt Looker,
"Relentlessly suspenseful, this lean thriller has an emotional subtext that makes it almost unbearably involving."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"While plausibility is often stretched to the limit, the sense of threat will keep you on the edge of your seat, even during a ridiculously gratuitous denouement."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Crude as it is, The Call milks its jump scares and don't-go-down-to-the-basement tension for all they're worth. See it with a full house, if you absolutely must see it at all."
‑ Sam Adams, Time Out New York
"This is as brain-dead as a movie can be and it assumes the audience will have the I.Q. of a rutabaga."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Rides completely off the rails by the finale, and the film seems to completely embrace its stupidity..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The Call delivers taut no-frills thrills for two-thirds of its brisk, hour-and-half running time. But the plot falls apart spectacularly as soon as Halle leaves the 911 control room and the ludicrous finale will leave you groaning."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The familiar serial-killer flick gets a welcome shakeup, upending the woman-as-victim cliché and offering a bracing new perspective on an oft-told tale."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Film4
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