• The Cell
    1 minutes 27 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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The Cell Reviews

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Nick Rogers

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Michael Dequina

A by-the-numbers story becomes the incidental backbone of one of the most visually arresting films of recent memory.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2010
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review

The dream sequences are so well-done that it's easy to forgive the film's lack of dramatic punch.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

What could have been a by-the-numbers serial killer mystery becomes a beautiful tour de force of film magic.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
John Venable

Visually stunning, but rather pedestrian.

Full Review Source: Supercala.com | Original Score: 6/10

December 31, 2005
Ron Wells
Film Threat

It's excellent.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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.

March 7, 2005
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

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 Source: Film Blather | Original Score: A

May 22, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

This is a mind-bending acid trip of a movie -- fresh, disturbing and inimitable.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

D'Onofrio proves that his performance as the bug-wearing-an-Edgar-suit in Men in Black was no fluke.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 8, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

An amazing, courageous, and thoroughly dark visualization of what the inside of a deeply troubled mind might look like.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: A

January 10, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

The movie looks so good that its dazzling appearance hides some shortcomings.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

In the end, maybe The Cell isn't about much, and it could have been deeper and all but as it stands, it's still a must-see.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2002
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Cell is not just another serial killer flick. Despite its horrific theme and graphic violence, it's a stunning work of art.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 2, 2002

Globe and Mail
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| Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of the most visually stunning films I have ever seen.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2002
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

There are those who will hate it, but hating it is a reaction to its subject matter -- not its accomplishment as a step into an adventurous movie landscape.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/4

November 27, 2001
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

| Original Score: 7/10

October 30, 2001
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

...it reminds one of the works of Clive Barker: strange, horrible and utterly unnerving.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: A-

October 24, 2001
Widgett Walls

This was on my top ten list for the year, but it's not for everyone.

Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 26, 2001

Sight and Sound
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Ebert & Roeper
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January 1, 2000
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