When a Stranger Calls
When a Stranger Calls (2006)

While babysitting, a high school student is terrorized by a stranger who calls her, asking "have you checked the children lately?" The police eventually notify her, the calls are coming from inside the house.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 3, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Critic Score: 9% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: What's fitting punishment for running up the phone bill? Why have that person baby sit; that'll teach them. Or better yet, make that person through this poorly acted, fright-free remake of the 1979 movie of the same name. Camilla Belle is a looker, but she got nothing on Carol Kane, the actress who originally played the part, when it comes to range. The final straw is that the payoff isn't worth the tedium that comes before. Just hang up on this one.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

If you've seen either Black Christmas or Halloween, there's nothing new here: the hyped-up score keeps telling us we ought to be scared, but the suspense feels mechanical and fake.

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Matt Singer
Village Voice

This version is a thin, protracted study in shifting Hollywood strategies.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a safe dumb film for safe dumb audiences.

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Anita Gates
New York Times

The film is not quite suspense-free, but almost. When finding a dead body underwater isn't scary, something is very wrong.

James Berardinelli

A production that never comes close to realizing its potential to tweak the viewer's primal fears.

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Cole Smithey

Amateurish direction by Simon West ("Laura Croft: Tomb Raider") contributes to the utter failure of this pathetic update of the original film of the same title.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

The original should have been a short film; the new version shouldn't exist at all.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

If there's a single dead-wrong instinct in this movie that isn't pursued with the blind determination of an amorous terrier during high-scent season, darned if I can remember it.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...just as needless a remake as one might've expected.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Shankle
No plot, no scares. You might as well just fast-forward to the last ten minutes; everything before is utterly pointless. Not saying that the ending is anything… More
Bethany Murphy
Creepy! Had me on the edge of my seat and I was genuinely frightened.
Alex roy
When a Stranger Calls is one of the worst remakes that I have seen. The film has some very bad acting, a bad story and bad directing. As a horror film, When a… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
i wish Roger Ebert would call Camilla Belle and tell her where she can put her two thumbs.
Cassie Hill
Great horror flick that makes you scared to ever answer a phone ever again. I was terrified after the movie when my dad called the house to scare us. If you… More
♥Robyn M♥
Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) is a high school girl who gets a baby-sitting job for a new family. They live in a nice house in a remote area. When she arrives,… More