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Cellular Reviews


Time Out
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February 9, 2006

Arizona Republic
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October 19, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Using the clever premise, it packs a lot of thrills into a short space while keeping the level of tension consistently high.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2004
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Buoyant, pleasantly pulpy, invigorating doodle.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 14, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 11, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 10, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: C+

September 10, 2004

Philadelphia Inquirer
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| Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Its adroit use of suspense makes you overlook the silliness.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 10, 2004
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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I enjoyed every one of its 89 minutes.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 10, 2004
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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An absurdly concocted car chase and rescue operation predicated on the marvels of modern telecommunications.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

September 10, 2004
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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A plucky thriller that also serves as a satire on today's instant- gratification phone culture.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 10, 2004
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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As the brand of thriller where ordinary people are in peril and forced to take extraordinary risks, Cellular is distressingly predictable and not a tad scary. But as a parody of the genre, it's a scream.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Ellis manages a few sudden shocks, but he and the editors never discovered the secret of ratcheting up suspense.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

September 10, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The story moves briskly, the action is pulse-charging, and the laughs are many.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

September 10, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Highly improbable, maniacally action-packed.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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There is nothing more to the movie than the usual thrills.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Logic has nothing to do with Cellular, but it's so quick-moving and fun we don't care.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Now you might think there'd be at least a few chills in such a dire predicament, but -- several car chases, a bunch of dirty cops and any number of bogus plot twists later -- you'd be proved wrong.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

September 10, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Comes fully charged if just a little bit silly, a wham-bam action flick with no pretense and plenty of fun.

| Original Score: B

September 10, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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The true beauty of this film is how the dramatic tension builds to almost unbearable levels, only to be snapped by a bit of humor, and then over and over takes up once again.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

September 10, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is one of the year's best thrillers. Better than Phone Booth, for my money, and I liked that, too.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A ludicrous little abduction thriller that boasts an entertaining cocktail of gunpowder, suspense, adrenaline, and cheese.

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

September 10, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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... ingenious.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 9, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Illustrates what happens when a viable premise is spoiled by sheer preposterousness.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 9, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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It's all silly, of course, and you will laugh at the film more than you'll laugh with it. But Cellular does offer a certain mindless pleasure and makes fun of itself.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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So removed from reality we have to suspend even the suspension of disbelief.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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If thrills and spills like the ones in Cellular have been the stuff of melodrama since Pauline was tied to the tracks, mobile phones give a filmmaker more opportunities for cross-cutting and more weird hurdles to jump.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 9, 2004
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Ellis crafts an impressive procession of car chases, fight scenes and things going boom. And he keeps things moving at such a rip-roaring pace that all the ways in which this movie just doesn't make any sense whatsoever blur into the background.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

September 9, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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It's an honest, unpretentious, well-made B picture with a clever, silly premise, a handful of sly, unassuming performances and enough car chases, decent jokes and swervy plot complications to make the price of the ticket seem like a decent bargain.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2004
John Anderson
Newsday
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Too inept to work as what it seems to be, and not clever enough to work as a spoof -- which, if you're feeling charitable, is what you assume they intended.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

September 9, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A satisfying marriage of Hitchcockian suspense and brash B-movie energy.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

September 9, 2004
Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
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When director David R. Ellis does nail the perfect popcorn-fest pacing for the script by Chris Morgan and the story by Larry Cohen ... the whole thing skims along on suspension of disbelief.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 9, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's like the madly busy climax of an action film stretched out to feature length.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 9, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Another outlandishly cliched L.A.-set movie thriller -- high on action, low on sense.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Interestingly, Phone Booth was an over-hyped bust, while this scrappy little B-movie zips along rather entertainingly. Maybe it's a matter of lowered expectations -- and keep them low, because Cellular is no buried treasure.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

September 9, 2004
Robert Koehler
Variety
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A tepid recycling of old film noir chestnuts.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 3, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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What the film doesn't achieve is any real tension since a viewer is more caught up in how the movie is going to sustain the cell phone gimmick than in what happens to the hapless family.

September 2, 2004
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