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Cell 211 (Celda 211) Reviews

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Expect a Hollywood remake of the Spanish jail-riot thriller Cell 211. Three reasons: it's an international hit; it's pacy and pulsing, and it's trash.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 14, 2011
Michael Leader
Little White Lies

The twisty plot soon gets knotted, but in the process shows a deeply broken system born of violence and corruption.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

On the surface this is a relatively familiar prison thriller, yet when executed with panache of such disarming brutality and tension, it finds room to distinguish itself in an overcrowded genre.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 14, 2011

Monzón's Cell 211 speaks on many levels about the nature of man and his passion for life, regardless of being incarcerated, translating well in any language.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 12, 2011
Simon Miraudo

Cell 211 can't claim to be as landmark a prison movie as Shawshank, A Prophet or Ernest Goes to Jail, [but] it's a fine addition to the incarcerated-canon. It's also a worthy entrant into the "Worst. Day. Ever." subgenre.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 13, 2011
Chris Buckle
The Skinny

Any dips into melodrama are levelled out by its unpredictability, sympathies shifting multiple times in a kaleidoscope of greys that refuses to settle into blacks and whites.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 5/5

July 13, 2011
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep

I don't believe that these events would happen like this in the real world, but for 113 tense, charged minutes I was wholly swept up in them.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

July 13, 2011
Zak Jason
Boston Phoenix

A hard-boiled, lightning-paced look into prison culture.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2010
Alan Jones
Radio Times

The film is shot in a documentary-style that's enhanced by using actual convicts as extras.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

Director Daniel Monzon's picture - very well acted by the leads - manages to combine extremely clever, unpredictable plotting with plausible but unexpected character development, elevating standard genre fare to something much more substantial.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

July 15, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's a great, simple premise, and I will be surprised if we don't get an American remake starring, say, Jason Statham or Christian Bale.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2010
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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Just be sure to up your internal disbelief setting from 'suspended' to 'nonexistent'.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

July 12, 2011
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

By the last half-hour, the story's seething skepticism towards the surveillance-state and its portrait of a naďve guard turned murderous prisoner make for a mesmerizing movie.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

February 9, 2012
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

In a genre where the expectation of violence is so high, rare is the film that manages to shock and startle with such regularity.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

July 13, 2011
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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It's a cut above the usual penal picture, intelligent with sharply drawn, memorable characters, a storyline suffused with tension and unexpected turns, and a morass of moral quandaries that could lead the most innocent into irretrievable darkness.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 28, 2011
Matt Glasby
Total Film

Tough as nails and cunning as a career criminal, Cell 211 is a thriller that gets both brain and nerves whirring.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2011
Anthony Quinn

There's a riot going on in a Spanish maximum security prison, whose Darwinian savagery is right up there with A Prophet.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 4/5

July 15, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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What this movie lacks in plausibility (which is almost everything), it makes up for with authentic adrenaline -- and Spanish Goya Awards (it won eight this year).

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2010
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Cell 211 is a brutal piece of filmmaking ... but the shock and gore is warranted ...

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]

July 15, 2011
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Monzón's film remains a bracing draft for a great thriller, not the finished article.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2011
Jonathan Holland
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February 23, 2012
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