Cell 211 (Celda 211) Reviews

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 28, 2011
From Spanish director Daniel Monzon, this is a white-hot prison drama with a Byzantine plot and enough gore to make Reservoir Dogs look like a petting zoo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 28, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 12, 2011
Just be sure to up your internal disbelief setting from 'suspended' to 'nonexistent'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Celda 211 (Cell 211) requires you to look past a couple of contrivances in order to enjoy its main scenario: How quickly can the ruinous nature of prison life corrupt an innocent, moral man?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 29, 2010
Nearly every minute throbs with heart-pounding suspense, from the opening scene of a prisoner slashing his wrists with a razor blade fashioned from a cigarette filter to its mournful, blood-soaked conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 30, 2010
It's the kind of gutsy, physical performance that wins Academy Awards for Daniel Day-Lewis, but Ammann is just as impressive as a man who must suddenly test his limits and values.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4