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One Missed Call Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… totally boring and not scary … Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This garbled American remake of Takashi Miike's already staticky 2004 exercise in J-horror is a wrong number.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Richard James Havis

    The direction is uninspired, acting is lifeless, and the script borders on the inept.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Uninspired and painfully familiar.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    While director Eric Valette provides the occasional chill, the disturbing spooks aren't enough to make this boat float. Burns sleepwalks through One Missed Call totally devoid of charisma, and Sossamon muddles along, going through the motions.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Violent, sloppy Japanese horror remake.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Japanese horror remake features frequent tense scenes and some grisly deaths, with mutilated bodies and screaming victims. The movie's thematic focus on child abuse is vague and incoherent, but it might still provoke questions from attentive younger viewers. Violence includes choking, burning, stabbing, a rod going through a chest, and a girl getting hit by a train. Several girls show cleavage, and there's a very brief shot of a college girl in her bra. Language includes "s--t" and "damn," and there's some drinking and smoking.

  • Families can talk about the many U.S. remakes of Japanese (and other Asian) horror movies. How do these moody, strange films translate for American audiences? Why do you think their focus on spirits and hauntings is so popular? How do you think the remakes are similar to and different from the originals? And why do you think many of them revolve around media (videos, cell phones, etc.)?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A mean spirit traumatizes and kills assorted screaming victims. A heroic girl tries to save herself and friends, to little avail.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Repeated slasher-style assaults, with victims grabbed, dragged, and mutilated. Several jump scenes. Very first scene shows a child slammed into a window as the building behind her burns. Scary images include cracked faces, yucky bugs, and a rat in a sink. Grisly deaths include drowning, being hit by a train, being punctured by a construction rod, choking, burning, asphyxiation of a young asthma victim. Discussions of child abuse and trauma. Flashbacks show a mother approaching her daughter with a cigarette to burn her. Body in morgue is days old, discolored, in a body bag. A young girl cuts her sister with a knife, upsetting their mother.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Several outfits show cleavage and toned midriffs. During a college party, two students are shown briefly engaged in foreplay (she's down to her bra).

  • language false3

    Language: Several uses each of the following: "s--t" (a couple with "bull"), "hell," and "damn."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brief shots of the following: Motorola cell phone, Dell and Apple computers, Pizza Hut.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief cigarette smoking (and use of cigarettes to burn a child's arm). College party shows students drinking (beer and liquor).