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Phone Booth Reviews

Todd McCarthy
Variety
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June 2, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 19, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Raises more questions than it answers as it attempts to convince us that a moralistic sniper would torture a sleazy publicist into tears of guilt and remorse over what amounts to a few paltry, venial sins.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 16, 2003
David Edelstein
Slate
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The premise is admittedly a killer -- fun to think about, fun to see realized, not so fun to see screwed up in the last half-hour.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 22, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

April 22, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A first-tier thriller, Phone Booth will make you think twice before you ever enter a public phone facility again, but while it curls your hair, it makes you think.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 15, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[A] taut thriller that hooked me from the outset.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 7, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A superficially gritty yet soullessly slick melodrama.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Anyone inclined to argue with the logic of the story -- and there's certainly much to argue about -- is advised to just sit back and watch how Farrell's Stu unravels before our eyes.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's cinematic flash, tarted up with gritty gray-blue lighting and gimmicky photography.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A movie that combines a seriousness of purpose with an impish delight in craft, in a way Hitchcock would have appreciated.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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This is a slight story enlivened by good acting, crisp pacing and some graceful comic touches.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

April 4, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The reason it works is simple: Farrell.

| Original Score: B

April 4, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Short, suspenseful, funny, and profane.

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

April 4, 2003
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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What keeps Phone Booth going, despite its premise, is the acting and the writing, both of which are top-notch.

April 4, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A tense little sketch of a movie that catches you in a vise grip of tension and trickery.

| Original Score: B

April 4, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 4, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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This whole flick gives off a certain musty odour -- it's meant to be now but it sure doesn't smell that way.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2003
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Farrell delivers a tour de force in this clever cross between Sweet Smell of Success and Dog Day Afternoon.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2003
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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April 4, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie is Farrell's to win or lose, since he's onscreen most of the time, and he shows energy and intensity.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It's really more a gimmick than a movie, but it hammers you flat the whole way through.

April 4, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A passable thriller.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Bogus on every level.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 3, 2003
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2003
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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A tense, thought-provoking drama.

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

April 3, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Despite the film's blessed brevity -- it's only 75 minutes -- it seems as artificially padded as a Reno showgirl.

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

April 3, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Loud and frantic and filled with all sorts of business, but it's also empty and inert, a creative exercise that would have played better as a 30-minute short.

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

April 3, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

April 3, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Occasionally a film comes along that isn't very good but still rates a look-see because it taps into the zeitgeist.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2/4

April 3, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The makings of a taut little drama are rendered into a reasonably taut piece by a big name cast and a director who once ruined the Batman franchise.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 3, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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For all the coiled skill of Farrell's performance, the character remains a frantic, one-note hustler who gets no more interesting to watch as he unravels.

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

April 3, 2003
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Schumacher ... tries to hide Cohen's logic-free plotting behind swooping camera moves and multipanel split screens, but to no avail.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 3, 2003
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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A taut, compelling thriller that slowly sneaks up on you and nails you to your seat.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

April 3, 2003
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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A lean, mean tension machine, setting up its premise, executing it with smarts, throwing in enough twists to keep things interesting, and wrapping it up before anyone can get fatigued or reflective.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 3, 2003
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Not only lacks the thrills and drama one might hope, it's not even half as terrifying as those Carrot Top commercials for AT&T.

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

April 3, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Absurdly set in some pre-cell-phone, post-Amadou Diallo alternate universe and generously stocked with logical inconsistencies, Phone Booth is best appreciated as hilarious pulp metaphor.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 1, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The best way to describe Phone Booth is preposterous but entertaining.

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

March 31, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Farrell is a dynamo. And Kiefer Sutherland, whose sniper role is essentially a voice on the phone, matches Farrell subtle shift for subtle shift.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The stratagems that compel the film to stay put are as improbable as they are illogical.

September 11, 2002
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