The Black Phone

critic Reviews

, 83% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Black Phone might have been even more frightening, but it remains an entertaining, well-acted adaptation of scarily good source material.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    The young actors rise above their material, but Hawke is wasted as the killer.
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    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    Much of this feels contrived to distract us from what the film ultimately appears to be about.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    The atmospheric and unnerving horror movie doesn’t just have literal scares, it effectively taps into our primal fears about menacing predators in all forms.
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    Tara BradyIrish Times
    Derrickson is restrained with his jump scares and succinct with world-building. The Black Phone subverts any number of Spielbergian tropes — not to mention voguish nostalgia — with a grimy, bad-old-days version of the past.
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    Noah BerlatskyChicago Reader
    The effort is appreciated as far as it goes. But it doesn’t matter how enthusiastically you dial if you end up with a bore on the other end of the line.
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    Charles BramescoInside Hook
    A limited location, a restricted number of characters and a narrative model rooted in sparseness all demand finesse in order to be spun into feature-length cinema, and The Black Phone shows why, for worse more often than for better.
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    Jonathan DeHaanNightmare on Film Street
    a good ole fashioned scary night out at the movies filled with dead kids, creepy masks, and haunting 8mm film.
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    Grant WatsonFiction Machine
    It is as much ‘coming of age’ as ‘run from the monster’, and that is very much to its credit.
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    Travis JohnsonMr. Movie's Film Blog
    The Black Phone is a solid, classical horror flick by a team who love the genre and excel at their craft — what more could you ask for?
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    Allison RoseFlickDirect
    In theory, the concept of The Black Phone is unique and interesting.
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