(II) (2013)

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Metascore

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90
An effectively creepy thriller about a 911 operator and a young miss in peril, The Call is a model of low-budget filmmaking.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
The Call for the most part is a tense, extreme-jeopardy thriller that delivers the intended goods.
50
There’s little to differentiate this high-pitched screamer from a particularly feverish “Law and Order” rerun.
50
Rare is the thriller that goes as completely and utterly wrong as The Call does at almost precisely the one hour mark. Which is a crying shame, because for an hour, this is a riveting, by the book kidnapping.
50
All that unsavory business aside, the biggest problem with the third act is how the film discards the novelty of its own premise in order to bring its star into the action. When Berry trades her headset for a rock, it’s the bluntest metaphor imaginable for a film that’s completely lost its mind.
50
You’ve seen pieces of this movie in “Psycho,” “Silence of the Lambs,” and 2004’s “Cellular.” Still, the early scenes in the Hive give The Call a needed novelty: It’s a workplace drama, and the work is responding to other people’s desperate worst-case scenarios.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
The film is at once shamelessly transparent, manipulative, and far-fetched, and impossibly suspenseful. You'll want to take a shower afterward - that's how icky you'll feel.
50
The action starts with a bang, but deteriorates and grows more absurd as the story strays farther from the LAPD call center.
45
NPR
The shoddy attention to character, plausibility and detail is particularly surprising coming from Anderson, a director of smart indie thrillers like "The Machinist," "Session 9" and "Transsiberian." He's been a gifted filmmaker with a talent for creating chilling tension through meticulous control of just these elements.
38
Slant Magazine
Brad Anderson's film is defined by an often frustrating combination of cleverness and stupidity.

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