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Calling, The (15)


Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

The critical consensus

The Calling is a slow-burner, but it’s laced with pitch-black humour and appealing character quirks.

***(*)(*)Ken McIntyre, Total Film, 06/10/2014

If TV had a Saga Channel, this intriguing, if never quite gripping, serial killer thriller would play on a loop, in between reruns of Matlock and NCIS.

***(*)(*)David Hughes, Empire Online, 06/10/2014

A great cast of senior actors, including Donald Sutherland and Ellen Burstyn, elevates this familiar Se7en-style pulp.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 05/10/2014

Too one-dimensional to be a character study, and too dull to be a thriller, The Calling is disappointing not just because of its bland, procedural tone but also because it completely wastes a truly impressive cast.

**(*)(*)(*)Nikki Baughan, The List, 06/10/2014

Grim religious references are combined with gallows humour. The film has the feel of a glorified TV movie.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 09/10/2014

It’s all quite ridiculous but it has some creepy scenes.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/10/2014

The subsequent investigation contains a few twists and some grisly moments, but it doesn’t manage to provide any genuine shocks or surprises.

**(*)(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 10/10/2014

It's middling genre filler, but maybe with a few sparks of ideas.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 10/10/2014

Seems to be the work of someone who has watched and enjoyed both Fargo and Se7en and can’t quite figure out how much of each to borrow from.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 12/10/2014

Verdict: Unoriginal thriller.

**(*)(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 10/10/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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