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Cellular (2004)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 148
Fresh: 81 | Rotten: 67

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


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 16

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



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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

Jan 18, 2005


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All Critics (155) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (67) | DVD (26)

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

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Buoyant, pleasantly pulpy, invigorating doodle.

September 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The picture has a low-stakes, cop-show vitality to it; it doesn't pretend to be more than the sum of its parts.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source:
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Its adroit use of suspense makes you overlook the silliness.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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I enjoyed every one of its 89 minutes.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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So-so thriller that is too intense for tweens.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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 | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

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

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

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

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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A typical chase picture, albeit a good one.

February 7, 2005

Cellular cleverly fleshes out the premise of a cell phone being the connection between two strangers, and takes it from there.

February 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

... pure guilty-pleasure entertainment... a one-gimmick pony that amazingly holds your attention for ninety minutes...

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source:

Not just a matter of falling short of fulfilling potential; this is a genuinely irritating, over-blown movie.

January 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

O bom ritmo e as competentes seqüências de ação quase nos fazem ignorar os colossais furos do roteiro e a implausibilidade da trama de modo geral.

November 29, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It's a smart dumb movie made by people who are intent on approaching ridiculous proceedings with wit and imagination.

November 25, 2004 Full Review

A crisp, efficient, waste-free thriller that keeps us riveted for a full ninety minutes.

November 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

The movie has a primitive appeal, but you have to do a lot of forgiving and forgetting to let it work on you.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

The film bogs down too much and too often to be entertaining...

October 24, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

..has enough thrills to keep you hooked, provided you suspend your disbelief for 92 minutes--a hard feat, considering all the ludicrous curves it throws at you.

September 27, 2004 Full Review Source:

a realistic (for Hollywood) thriller that proceeds at a breakneck pace...Kim Basinger and Chris Evans do terrific jobs.

September 26, 2004 Full Review Source:

Despite the occasional suspicion that you're watching an extended phone advert, Cellular is surprisingly good fun - it's fast-paced and inventive and even its dodgier moments are hilarious.

September 25, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It worked for me. I had my over-critical circuits (and phone) turned off.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Cellular, based on a story by Larry (Phone Booth) Cohen, is a mobile phone thriller starring Nokia - it's depressingly implausible

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comment (1)
Times [UK]

A slick, unpretentious little film that's content with glowering villains, winsome protagonists and plot twists that provoke the occasional mild gasp.

September 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

It's the classic Hitchcock 'wrong man' set-up, pulled off with wit, energy, and a healthy sense of the ridiculous.

September 21, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Cellular

Fast-paced action. I kinda liked it.
February 4, 2011

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.
August 12, 2010

Super Reviewer

Cellular is as corny as an Action movie can be and as a result is highly predictable, whilst I'm sure it's going to be a highly forgettable film, it did at least hold some kind of entertainment value to make it watchable.

Not one to watch for Jason Statham fans as this was far from his best role to date, he wasn't the main star and his accent yet again was terrible.

Easy watching but slightly laughable.
August 1, 2010

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