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Cellular Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 9, 2004
Ninety of your anytime minutes that you'll never get back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 10, 2004
Do we really need to have the virtues of cellular technology and the so-over Nokia ring tone shoved down our throats?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 10, 2004
Ellis manages a few sudden shocks, but he and the editors never discovered the secret of ratcheting up suspense.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
So-so thriller that is too intense for tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Larry Carroll
September 17, 2004
...leaves the audience wondering whether it should laugh along or simply wince.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
September 10, 2004
Made me long for my free nights and weekends.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 2, 2004
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.
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
September 10, 2004
It isn't terrible, even if there are too many moments that rely on the central characters being either extremely stupid or unforgivably forgetful.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
September 11, 2004
If you've seen everything else, and if you're standing outside the theater at 7:10 and there's a showing of Cellular at 7:20, then by all means, go ahead and see it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
September 8, 2004
Incredibly stupid.
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Brian Orndorf
September 9, 2004
To be blunt, Cellular is one silly film, and requires a suspension of disbelief so heavy, a forklift is needed to haul it away by the film's end.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 10, 2004
Instead of actually coming up with ideas that work, the filmmakers have decided to quickly barrel right over them in the hopes that the audience won't notice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Ward
September 17, 2004
You're almost hoping a rude, obnoxious audience member talks loudly on his phone so you won't have to hear the outrageous script.
CT Staff
Christianity Today
November 1, 2006
Neither Macy nor Basinger nor the intriguing setup nor the bursts of situational wit can rescue this thriller from joining the category of movies that are so bad they're good.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
September 8, 2004
...has all the earmarks of a genuinely smart thriller rewritten by a studio-lapdog script doctor who was told it didn't have enough car chases and comic relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 10, 2004
At about the half-way point, it's clear there will be no interesting character developments or sub-textual material to distract us from the increasingly goofy storyline.
| Original Score: 61/100
Susan Granger
September 10, 2004
This lifeline has a tenuous connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Dan Lybarger
September 17, 2004
Cellular does better when it phones in for laughs instead of thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Koehler
September 3, 2004
A tepid recycling of old film noir chestnuts.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 9, 2004
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.
| Original Score: C
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