Denise Calls Up
Denise Calls Up (1996)

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.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: October 22, 1996
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Emanuel Levy

A minor but quirkily charming comedy about alientaion, love, and folly that reflects the zeitgeist in terms of AIDS and modern technology.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's hard to care about a movie story in which the characters never meet one another or really care about one another.

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Sarah Chauncey

Who'd have thought a movie about people talking on the phone could be so fun?

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Salwen has captured and properly identified a very particular modern American species. His emergence as a filmmaker is a true event.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Insightful comedy about keeping in touch in the modern world.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

At only 80 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, but slight though it may be, it knows how to create constant smiles.

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James Berardinelli

Might have been more effective if the writer/director had taken the time to create characters imbued with more than token traces of humanity.

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Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

Denise Calls Up is, if limited, a surprising success.

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