The Black Phone, directed by Ethan Hawke, has exceeded expectations with reviews, with its horror movie getting a 86 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film, directed by Doctor Strange''s Scott Derrickson, is based on Joe Hill''s 2004 short story of the same name. It follows an abducted child named Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), who is able to communicate with his past victims of his kidnapper via a disconnected phone.
Following the world premiere at Fantastic Fest in September 2021, the film received huge praise, and on Tuesday (June 21) it had a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating after 28 reviews.
With 71 reviews, the score has dropped slightly, but ending in the mid-80s is very solid, especially considering the movie''s genre.
Marisa Mirabal of IndieWire described The Black Phone as a "sleek, stressful, and violent slice of horror" that captures the audience''s emotions as quickly as the film''s antagonist kidnaps kids in broad daylight.
"Every aspect of the film is emotionally arresting and confronts everyday worries with razor-sharp precision," she said.
IGN''s Amelia Emberwing said the film "totally exceeded expectations in nearly every aspect."
"The writing/directing team brings personal traumas on full display while expertly revealing the difficulties of childhood in the 1970s and the very real monsters of our world," she said. The performances of child actors Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw bring the already complicated story to new heights."
Kritikers praised Derrickson''s direction, who left Marvel''s Doctor Strange 2 due to creative differences before filming.
"Derrickson and his crew adapted a neat little horror perspective from an effective short story, but they were able to do it in ways that both make sense and do not feel like fillers," said Eric Vespe of Slash Film.
The Black Phone will be released in cinemas on June 24, 2022.