Phone Booth Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 3, 2003
Farrell and Whitaker are always great to watch, but the movie feels manipulative and padded.
| Original Score: C-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
This movie doesn't make sense on any level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
April 10, 2003
Joel Schumacher, master of the overblown, tries to craft a stripped-down, simple thriller and fails as desperately as only he can.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2002
The stratagems that compel the film to stay put are as improbable as they are illogical.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
April 3, 2003
If the whole thing flags, then dive-bombs at the midway point, it's not because Farrell and Schumacher aren't trying hard, but because the filmmakers struggle to wedge in some meaning where none belongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2003
Does a decent job of giving us the creeps until drizzling out toward the end.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 26, 2003
Phone Booth is a movie completely disconnected from what suspense should be like.
| Original Score: 2/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
April 4, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
April 5, 2003
The problem with Schumacher's direction is that while he keeps the suspense taut, he fails to utilize or heighten the danger and, most importantly, the claustrophobia, of the situation.
| Original Score: 2/4
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
April 7, 2003
| Original Score: 3/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 7, 2003
All the heavy moralizing that comes after the nutty scenario soon becomes tiresome, and it left me wanting to hang-up on this film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 3, 2003
A high-concept hostage drama of absolutely no value to anyone -- except maybe Bell Atlantic, whose titular street-corner pay phone is on screen for almost every agonizing frame.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 3, 2003
Despite the film's blessed brevity -- it's only 75 minutes -- it seems as artificially padded as a Reno showgirl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 3, 2003
Bogus on every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 4, 2003
Nothing about Stu, in the end, is really important enough to justify the Sturm und Drang of Phone Booth or its tempest in a telecommunications teapot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 4, 2003
A superficially gritty yet soullessly slick melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
If this sounds like a Kafkaesque spoof thrown together for the annual Publicists Guild of America luncheon, Larry Cohen's script is only occasionally that clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
April 20, 2003
What might have been a pretty decent claustrophobic thriller turns into a Mr. Rogers moral lesson (be nice to the pizza delivery guy).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
April 4, 2003
The movie's so hung up (pardon) on its gimmick it never transcends it.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 2, 2008
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 14, 2003
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 11, 2003
Jonathan Ross
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 20, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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October 18, 2008
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
May 30, 2003
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
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April 7, 2003
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 4, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 4, 2003
Alexander Walker
This is London
April 19, 2003

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March 31, 2003

Baltimore Sun
April 4, 2003
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April 4, 2003

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April 20, 2003

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April 21, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
May 30, 2003
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