Cellular (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cellular (2004)



Critic Consensus: Though it's gimmicky and occasionally feels like a high-end cell phone ad, Cellular is also an energetic and twisty thriller.

Movie Info

A thin thread of electronic data may be the only thing that can save a women and her family in this thriller. Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) is a biology teacher who is kidnapped by Ethan (Jason Statham), a vicious criminal who has threatened to murder her husband and son if he doesn't get what he wants. Ethan destroys the only working telephone in the cabin where she's held, but Jessica manages to put enough of the pieces together to send out a call that's picked up by Ryan (Chris Evans), a college student, on his cellular phone. Jessica manages to convince Ryan of the gravity of her situation, but she has no idea of where she's being held, leaving his cell phone as the only link to her whereabouts -- and his batteries are starting to wear out. Cellular was scripted by Larry Cohen, the exploitation film auteur who enjoyed a major comeback with his script for another telephone-based story, Phone Booth.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Morgan, Christopher Morgan, J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress, Larry Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2005
Box Office: $32.0M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Kim Basinger
as Jessica Martin
Richard Burgi
as Craig Martin
Noah Emmerich
as Jack Tanner
Caroline Aaron
as Marilyn Mooney
Eric Etebari
as Dimitri
Adam Taylor Gordon
as Ricky Martin
Bryan Holly
as Custodian
Mircea Monroe
as Friend of Chloe
Alana Morshead
as Specialty Girl
Rob Nagle
as Paramedic
Brandon Osborne
as School Boy
Dat Phan
as Vietnamese Artist
Lorna Scott
as Bank Teller
Sean Smith
as Phone Salesman
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News & Interviews for Cellular

Critic Reviews for Cellular

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (38)

Using the clever premise, it packs a lot of thrills into a short space while keeping the level of tension consistently high.

Full Review… | September 18, 2004
Top Critic

So-so thriller that is too intense for tweens.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

Neither Macy nor Basinger nor the intriguing setup nor the bursts of situational wit can rescue this thriller from joining the category of movies that are so bad they're good.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

...a great way to release some urban angst.

Full Review… | July 25, 2005

Cellular utilizes remarkable efficiency and ingenious construction to realize an exciting and funny story that seems plausible enough under the circumstances.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A typical chase picture, albeit a good one.

February 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for Cellular

A pretty good thriller. Nothing spectacular, but this film is very entertaining. The plot is simple, but very affective. It does take a few more "convenient" twists than I would have liked, but if you take this film for what it is, it's a fun ride.

Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

Fast-paced action. I kinda liked it.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

I think this is actually a very entertaining movie and overlooked in many ways. It has a really great pace and the characters are interesting and fun to watch. It's not all that extensive of a plot, but It's not a movie that was designed to be. You know the plot and what it's going to be like. For what it is, it's perfect. Chris Evans and the rest of the cast were great, I was pleasantly surprised. Jason Statham proves himself to be a man not to be messed with.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Cellular Quotes

Ryan: Don't ever call me again.
– Submitted by Tim K (4 years ago)
Ryan: Ricky Martin? You named your kid Ricky Martin?
– Submitted by Monica L (4 years ago)

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