The Black Phone lands 100% Rotten Tomatoes score

Ethan Hawke’s The Black Phone has managed to exceed all (extremely high) expectations, receiving a coveted 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing.

The film, directed by Doctor Strange‘s Scott Derrickson, is based on the 2004 short story of the same name by Joe Hill. It follows an abducted child named Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), who is able to communicate with the past victims of his kidnapper (played by Moon Knight‘s Hawke) through a disconnected phone.

After the world premiere at Fantastic Fest in September 2021, the movie received glowing reviews, resulting in a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes after 28 reviews.

ethan hawke as the grabber, mason thames as finney shaw, the black phone

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IndieWire‘s Marisa Mirabal described The Black Phone as a “sleek, stressful, and violent slice of horror that captured the audience’s emotions as quickly as the film’s antagonist kidnaps children in broad daylight”.

“Every aspect of the film is emotionally arresting and tackles timeless fears with razor-sharp precision,” she added.

Meanwhile, IGN‘s Amelia Emberwing said that the film “managed to exceed extremely high expectations in almost every aspect”, adding: “The writing / directing team puts personal trauma on full display while expertly showcasing the complications of childhood in the’ 70s and the very real monsters of our world, while the performances of the child actors Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw take the already tight story to new heights. “

ethan hawke as the grabber, mason thames as finney shaw, the black phone

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Critics also praised Derrickson’s direction, who left Marvel’s Doctor Strange 2 due to creative differences before making this film.

“Derrickson and his crew took a neat little horror concept from an actually short short story and were able to expand upon it in ways that both make sense and don’t feel like filler,” said Eric Vespe of Slash Film.

The Black Phone will be released in cinemas on June 24, 2022.

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