The Cell Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 25, 2015
Rewarding even beyond the shockingly bold images that almost exclusively make up the film's final hour and change.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
July 6, 2015
The Cell is a dazzling mind-bender of a film that features spectacular visuals from the elegant sets to the gorgeous costumes, all encompassed in a thrilling story that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
A movie with no plot, no logic, no meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
Sigmund Freud's description of the id as "a cauldron full of seething excitations" could just as easily apply to this literal exploration into the darkest, filthiest corners of a serial killer's mind. A chilling journey into dark religious iconography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 8, 2010
A by-the-numbers story becomes the incidental backbone of one of the most visually arresting films of recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The dream sequences are so well-done that it's easy to forgive the film's lack of dramatic punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
Lopez wades through many nonsensical, pompous, gradually annoying dream-logic scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
What could have been a by-the-numbers serial killer mystery becomes a beautiful tour de force of film magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Lopez is hard to take as the empathetic psychologist who uses a synaptic transfer machine to penetrate the comatose killer's tortured psyche in hopes of finding his latest victim.
John Venable
Supercala.com
December 31, 2005
Visually stunning, but rather pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It's excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 7, 2005
Tarsem uses the dramatically shallow plot to create a dream world densely packed with images of beauty and terror that cling to the memory even if you don't want them to.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
It's not the villain but the director who seems most interested in these grisly spectacles. He was certainly uninterested in his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 7, 2005
The Cell may be another repellent serial killer movie, but at least it tries something different.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 24, 2003
The cop/serial killer part of the story (written by Mark Protosevich) offers absolutely nothing of interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Writer Mark Protosevich and director Tarsem Singh, both making their feature debut, have crafted the year's first masterpiece, an insanely ambitious movie that miraculously fulfills every one of its ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
This is a mind-bending acid trip of a movie -- fresh, disturbing and inimitable.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
D'Onofrio proves that his performance as the bug-wearing-an-Edgar-suit in Men in Black was no fluke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
An amazing, courageous, and thoroughly dark visualization of what the inside of a deeply troubled mind might look like.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ken Hollings
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
With little room for either narrative detail or character development, Tarsem's exploration of a deranged mind soon loses momentum.
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