Spoiler-Free Review of “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” on Netflix: Be Careful What You Wish For…

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“Since that date I’ve wondered what if…and why me?”

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone premiered on Netflix on October 5th 2022. Based on the short story by Stephen King, the film stars Jaeden Martell, Donald Sutherland, Joe Tippett,  and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. The film runs for an hour and forty-five minutes.

Craig befriends a billionaire named Mr. Harrigan, who hires him to read to him. After giving him a cellular phone before he dies, Craig realizes that his friend may be able to communicate with him from beyond the grave.

Here is the trailer:

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone has a talented cast and an eerie premise, but does it do enough to be worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The opening is intriguing.

I thought Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell were both very good in this. The opening was actually really interesting. I liked the discussions about literature and I enjoyed watching the friendship grow between them. There was an eerie vibe present throughout the film and it had the potential to lure us in with a compelling story that was much more than your average ghost story.

The Cons:

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Took way too long for things to happen…

The pacing was not good at all in this film, unfortunately. The magic from the opening disappeared and was replaced with a very boring tone that made this film drag and drag. 

Not every story should be made into a film and I don’t think this one translated that well at all, even though I enjoyed the performances and certain elements. 

Once the big moments happened, they didn’t feel that scary or meaningful. I was expecting a slow burn, but this one fizzled out and never quite reached its full potential.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

The film had decent performances and an interesting eerie premise, but it never quite grabbed my full attention.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Mr. Harrigan’s Phone in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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