The Operator
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Jon Dichter directs this taut psychological thriller about a narcissistic man getting his overdue comeuppance from a vengeful telephone operator. Lawyer Gary Wheelan (Michael Laurence) lives the good life -- he has a beautiful wife, a huge bank account, and an excess of young female associates. He is accustomed to getting what he wants, and he tends to have a fit when he does not get it. Dissatisfied with his phone service, he berates the operator with such vituperation that the badly rattled woman (Jacqueline Kim) resolves to fight back. Using a vast computer network, the operator slashes his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie goes way over the top near the end, but unlike Hollywood films, which would've added violence and a car chase, The Operator's excesses all are in keeping with its theme."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"The problem with the central character is that he starts off on such a low note of weak resistance that he doesn't have all that far to fall."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"...Dichter expects us to accept his abrupt transformation from ruthless player to spiritual convert with nothing more than a teary confession."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The kind of picture for which the phrase 'shows promise' was invented...As a theatrical offering, though, it's way out of its league."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A pretty good time, especially considering its obvious budget constraints."
‑ Christopher Null,
"This debut film from local writer-director Jon Dichter has an interesting concept, but its execution feels a bit amateurish, especially in the dialogue."
‑ Eli Sanders, Seattle Times
"Ends up feeling suffocatingly self-centered."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"... a showcase for Michael Laurence, a little-known New York theater actor, who delivers a persuasive and finely detailed portrait of a despicable man."
‑ Ted Murphy,
"Though clearly shot on a shoestring, it's handsome, tightly written and generally well acted."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Sardonic, chic, sexy, The Operator gives sharp new meaning to 411."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Except for its excesses and too-easy end, Mr. Dichter's original script takes us into Coen country."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"The closer we get to unveiling Shiva ... the more ludicrous a conceit she becomes."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"The film would benefit from another pair of eyes."
‑ Harry Haun, Film Journal International
"It's not very often you get to see a feature film in which Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian wisdom work together to save a person's soul."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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