When a Stranger Calls (2006)

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
When a Stranger Calls (2006) Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 16+

Pointless remake brings nothing new to the story.

PG-13 2006 83 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 70 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Perfect NO GORE /NO SEX first thriller for tweens

Rated high not because of story, but because no gore, just two dead bodies at the end. No foul language. No sex whatsoever, not even kissing. No references to non biblical lifestyles. The babysitter wears a short skirt to school-her friend talks about “drinking” which the babysitter sets good boundaries on…. that’s it! My kid wanted a scary movie- When a Stranger Calls is one of the few clean ones out there. The other I’d suggest is The Lady In The Water (which carries positive messages).
age 10+

some scares but thats all

my 9 and 11 year old watched this it made them jump a little but they were both fine.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate