The Call

The Call
The Call
  • R
  • 1h 34m
  • 2013
Rotten45%
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In this heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thriller, veteran 911 operator Jordan (Halle Berry) takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) who has been kidnapped and thrown into the trunk of a madman’s car. But with the clock ticking, Jordan soon realizes she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life and put an end to a serial killer’s haunting rampage.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten45%
Critics Consensus: The Call builds plenty of suspense before taking a problematic turn in the third act.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

The Call is the kind of vaguely smart, extremely gory gloop you should watch on TV, preferably whe...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

A promising picture turns into gibberish. Shame.

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
David Jenkins
Rotten

The story and set-up feel conceptually flawed from the get-go. This was never going to end well.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston
Rotten

Just when the movie has us in its grasp, the script falls to pieces and turns into a crass female-...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Gripping thriller has tons of violence directed at a teen.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Call is a gripping but very violent thriller about a heroic 911 operator trying to rescue a kidnapped teen girl. The girl is punched, beaten, stripped to her bra, and briefly tortured. Her age isn't specifically mentioned in the movie, but actress Abigail Breslin is 16. There are also scenes in which characters are stabbed with a screwdriver and lit on fire. Other aspects of the movie are fairly mild, including language, with just a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as some mild sexual innuendo involving teens (and one grown-up kiss). Several of the 911 calls heard on the soundtrack describe acts of violence, including drug use. Ultimately, because all of the movie's intense, serial killer-related violence centers around a teen victim, this movie isn't recommended for any but the most mature viewers.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller
  • Release Date:March 14, 2013
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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