The Calling

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 28, 2014
    70
    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
    70
    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
    67
    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: Ben Kenigsberg
    Aug 28, 2014
    50
    Preposterous as it is, The Calling remains stubbornly suspenseful until near the end.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Aug 28, 2014
    40
    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: Scott Tobias
    Aug 4, 2014
    40
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 29, 2014
    25
    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. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Sep 8, 2014
    6
    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 failsIn 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
    5
    This film had a great premise and very fine acting, but the script and direction were both weak. Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Ellen BurnstynThis 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
  3. WJS
    Mar 23, 2015
    5
    Great cast, but not a great script. At times slow and full of mumbo-jumbo dialogue and pedestrian direction. You can't but help feel thatGreat cast, but not a great script. At times slow and full of mumbo-jumbo dialogue and pedestrian direction. You can't but help feel that you've seen it before as it drags you along. Sort of felt like an episode of HBO’s "True Detective" without the effective story telling. Expand
  4. Oct 31, 2014
    3
    A wannabe "Seven" Save your time and go watch "Seven" with Pitt, Freedman, and Spacey. This is just trash at the lowest level. God awfulA wannabe "Seven" Save your time and go watch "Seven" with Pitt, Freedman, and Spacey. This is just trash at the lowest level. God awful writing and even worse plot. The ending was the only redeeming part. Horrible movie with a decent ending. Expand

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