When a Stranger Calls Synopsis
Babysitter terrorized by caller.
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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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Ironically, for all of Stranger's faults, director Simon West has probably made a perfect date movie: just suspenseful enough to keep you...
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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...
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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...
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Empire

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

By Wesley Morris
Even by the lowest standards, this is a frightless, cynically made movie.
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When a Stranger Calls

By movies_myantidrug
Very boring movie, it has no action until the very end. All the sounds that she hears in the house are just regular noises and nothing really happens until towards the end. The ending is okay but it...

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By ginaroxursoxdammit!
i have to admit that when i saw previews for this movie i was dying to see it but when i did it wasnt as good as i though it would be but it was still a very good flick...

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By roxygurl845
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! ITS SO COOL HOW THE NOISES ARE NOT THE GUY AND THAT SHE THNKS ITS HER FRIENDS. THE PLOT HAS A LOT OF COOL TWISTS. THE BEST PART IS THE GUY IS A RANDOM KILLER. NOT LIKE OTHER...

Decepcionante.

By Passageiro
Filme chato, lento, arrastado, morno. Deixa a gente tenso nos primeiros 20 minutos, mas vai cansando, cansando, até que a gente começa a torcer por uma morte lenta e dolorosa pra mocinha, devido às...

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It is my FAVORITE movie

By im_scared
this movie was really good and i like it and its my favorite. hope everyone else likes it too! all you got nothing on me....

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By Jesus_aguilera22
The movie was really good, it made sense not like other movies that are stupid, it had a good beginning it had the perfect timing, she was smart enough to survive not like other chicks that die like...

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Rated PG-13 | For intense terror, violence and some language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Grim psychothriller with a few teen urban legends.
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