50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Designed to capitalize on the title and premise of the original but offers little to those who fondly remember it.
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50

Premiere

Ironically, for all of Stranger's faults, director Simon West has probably made a perfect date movie: just suspenseful enough to keep you arm-in-arm with your beau or belle; but silly enough that you'll both laugh about it afterwards.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
After an hour of red herrings, in which Jill investigates creepy corridors or opens rattling closet doors with no results, the only real danger is that we'll become bored to death. For real thrills, rent the original, turn down the lights and scare yourself silly.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The movie ends with a bizarre and unsatisfying denouement. The epilogue, which is designed either to set up a sequel or lampoon "Halloween 2," plays like a sour last note. I suppose someone thought it was clever, but it doesn't work.
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40

Empire

By Kim Newman
Loud, noisy, flashy but too rarely chilling.
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38

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Rather than remake the entire original movie, Simon West and screenwriter Jake Wade Wall have taken only that now-classic first act and padded it out into a dull, filler-filled feature that's remarkably void of any new ideas.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Even the element of surprise isn't enough to save this film, which has too many slow parts and features an ending that's extremely tepid by 21st century horror movie standards.
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Ineptly directed by Simon West, the scare-free When a Stranger Calls is the worst of the seminal horror movies from the late '70s and early '80s that have been getting the remake treatment lately.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
When a Stranger Calls is ba-a-a-a-c-k, in frightless form, updated for the age of anytime minutes and caller ID.
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12

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Even by the lowest standards, this is a frightless, cynically made movie.
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27 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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