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
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 2, 2022
Not enough chills, not enough thrills. The plot lacks logic and the background of the key villain is MIA.
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
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
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
A horror movie as rote, low-impact vapor...
Jun 27, 2022
The film's marriage of real-life and supernatural horror clashes more than it complements
Jun 27, 2022
Despite some inspired shots, and jump scares that will have you tossing your popcorn in the air, lackluster teen acting and silly lapses in plausibility undermine an otherwise intriguing idea. This is one incoming call that simply can't find a connection.
Jun 27, 2022
The Black Phone has some solid set pieces and decent performances from the child leads, but it never quite musters enough substance to horrify in the way that it should.
Jun 25, 2022
I feel like I'd seen this a million times before, quite frankly.
Jun 24, 2022
[It] falls short of true terror and white-knuckle suspense, as if Derrickson really did phone it in.
Jun 24, 2022
Frustratingly, potential is all Derrickson’s movie has, as it’s stymied by poor scripting and awkward execution.
Jun 24, 2022
Jump scares, a couple of attempts at humor, and intermittent helpings of Hawke can't quite push the movie over the top.
Jun 24, 2022
The ending involves a “reveal” that is the absolute dumbest thing I’ve heard in years, and I just saw “Jurassic World: Dominion.” It is a boring, ugly, stupid film that I regret having seen. Other than that, A+.
Jun 24, 2022
The Black Phone manages to preserve everything that made Hill’s short story so creepy and undermine it at the same time.
Jun 24, 2022
The Black Phone is a neat dial-back to the indelible sound and style of the 1970s, but as a quirky bit of horror it’s all posture without much bite.
Jun 24, 2022
Combining familiar horror tropes with throwback visual flourishes, this mildly unsettling thriller yields some haunting imagery without delivering many genuine frights.
Jun 24, 2022
The Black Phone never unnerves viewers as it should.