Reviews

Jul 5, 2022
The Black Phone quickly reveals its true face: a clumsy thriller that drags its ambitions far beyond its means.
Jul 4, 2022
The breakout talents of “The Black Phone” are young Thames and McGraw, as the siblings who are bonded by the supernatural forces helping them, in different ways, to survive and solve the mystery.
Jul 4, 2022
For much of the movie’s first act, we’re subjected to horrific violence against children, but once the actual child murderer shows up, the brutality comes to an abrupt halt as Finney and The Grabber engage in an increasingly tiresome back and forth.
Jul 3, 2022
Despite missing a couple obvious big payoffs for the audience there is still plenty here to enjoy from the solid young leads to Ethan Hawke’s villainy and enough ingenuity to keep us equally on edge and smiling.
Jul 2, 2022
Not enough chills, not enough thrills. The plot lacks logic and the background of the key villain is MIA.
Jul 2, 2022
The Black Phone is not an old-school splatterfest, but it does aim for the grim intensity of a '70s drive-in movie. Fortunately for us, it is better than most of those ever were.
Jul 1, 2022
Its best moments far outstrip its worst ones, though, resulting in a work that feels at once fussily prepared and a bit undercooked, with artistic attention and running time too often feeling misspent.
Jul 1, 2022
The Black Phone is well-paced, well-drawn, and gives us a feeling of being drawn into darkness. It fulfills its potential well.
Jul 1, 2022
The effort is appreciated as far as it goes. But it doesn’t matter how enthusiastically you dial if you end up with a bore on the other end of the line.
Jul 1, 2022
Has a few things going for it, but can’t overcome some plot machinations that don’t quite add up, as well as other elements that aren’t quite developed.
Jul 1, 2022
A surprisingly audience friendly take on a child murderer, the best parts of this film are Hawke's performance, the visualization of the calls and the mask. Overall, though, this pales in comparison to The Boy Behind The Door. It's surprisingly safe.
Jul 1, 2022
There are very few classic hallmarks of horror films in The Black Phone. They arrive in the third act, but before that, it is a lot of… nothing. Talking. No cat-and-mouse chasing. No killing. Not even any suspense.
Jun 30, 2022
The Black Phone is not a great horror film, but it is a well crafted one that does not insult your intelligence. It does not aim high, but it hits its mark to deliver a compelling and disturbing tale.
Jun 30, 2022
A pretty enjoyable supernatural thriller.
Jun 30, 2022
A solid little horror flick that will definitely amuse and captivate most while they’re watching it.
Jun 30, 2022
A limited location, a restricted number of characters and a narrative model rooted in sparseness all demand finesse in order to be spun into feature-length cinema, and The Black Phone shows why, for worse more often than for better.
Jun 30, 2022
Possibly the most audience-friendly film about a child murderer that you'll ever see. It plays things a bit too safe, but Derrickson still manages to eke out a few effective moments here and there.
Jun 30, 2022
It's a terrifyingly tense race-against-time tale that delivers potent scares and contains spot-on performances from Thames (on his debut) and McGraw.
Jun 30, 2022
A horror movie as rote, low-impact vapor...
Jun 29, 2022
The Black Phone doesn’t feel like it’s about much more than the admittedly unnerving feeling of entrapment, or the sheer fear of being a kid captured by a maniac. Above all, it’s a memorable piece of retro visuals.