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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 28, 2014
    The Calling is an absorbing, solidly crafted procedural thriller with a terrific lead turn by Susan Sarandon.
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Aug 27, 2014
    The Calling breathes new life into a moribund genre by touching oft-ignored themes and offering a bit of introspection to go along with the obligatory slashed throats and biblical portents.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Aug 28, 2014
    The Calling shares a little too much with atmospheric TV mysteries like "The Killing" and "Broadchurch": the hard-living female detective, the cloudy weather, the small-town existentialism.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 4, 2014
    It could generously be referred to as a character study about a detective haunted by her past, and a case that forces her to confront that past in Biblical terms. It could less generously be referred to as a pseudo-spiritual thriller that tries to literalize scriptural mythos in the same bloody terms David Fincher’s Seven used to literalize the Seven Deadly Sins, only far less artfully.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Aug 28, 2014
    Suffering from its forced attempts at pseudo-religious profundity and its familiar depiction of a spiritually lost central character eventually finding salvation, The Calling is ultimately all too resistible.
  6. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Aug 29, 2014
    Port Dundas remains snoozy and depopulated even when throats are cut and stomachs thrown to the sheepdogs, and so does the movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 29, 2014
    Colorful elements of “Fargo” and “Seven” blend into a bland beige in the mostly straight-to-video The Calling, a piece that almost miraculously finds a way to waste the prodigious talents of Susan Sarandon, Ellen Burstyn, and Donald Sutherland.

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  1. Sep 8, 2014
    In THE CALLING, Susan Sarandon proves what an actress can bring to a film. THE CALLING is not bad--some nice touches and twists--but it fails on so many levels just in time for Sarandon to hold it together. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2014
    This film had a great premise and very fine acting, but the script and direction were both weak. Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Ellen Burnstyn and even Donald Sutherland in a very small role were all fine and very believable. Certainly the premise was interesting, but the words put into the actors' mouths were not, and the direction was dull. Too bad – since a lot of talent was wasted here. Expand



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