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Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 25
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Designed to capitalize on the title and premise of the original but offers little to those who fondly remember it. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50

    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. show more

  • 38
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 25
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

  • 12
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Even by the lowest standards, this is a frightless, cynically made movie. show more

  • 40
    Kim Newman Empire

    Loud, noisy, flashy but too rarely chilling. show more

  • 10
    Pete Vonder Haar Film Threat

    It's an inferior remake (of a movie that wasn't that great to begin with), it's poorly acted, and it's yet another in an unending string of PG-13 "horror" movies that do nothing to build even the most rudimentary sense of real dread. show more

  • October 02, 2008 Poppysprincessco
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    it was sooooo awsome i loved it especially when the call was coming from inside the house

  • July 05, 2008 Ricky
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    Not the worst I have ever seen. In my opinion, I actually LIKE it.

  • July 02, 2008 AFgurlie311
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    Worst movie I have ever seen. No joke.

  • June 22, 2008 barbiexcore94
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    was good when i was in fifth grade. had fun seeing the movie. but expected more.

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