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Cellular Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Arizona Republic
October 19, 2004
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 18, 2004
Using the clever premise, it packs a lot of thrills into a short space while keeping the level of tension consistently high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 14, 2004
Buoyant, pleasantly pulpy, invigorating doodle.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 11, 2004
The picture has a low-stakes, cop-show vitality to it; it doesn't pretend to be more than the sum of its parts.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 10, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 10, 2004
| Original Score: C+
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Philadelphia Inquirer
September 10, 2004
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 10, 2004
Its adroit use of suspense makes you overlook the silliness.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 10, 2004
I enjoyed every one of its 89 minutes.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 10, 2004
An absurdly concocted car chase and rescue operation predicated on the marvels of modern telecommunications.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 10, 2004
A plucky thriller that also serves as a satire on today's instant- gratification phone culture.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 10, 2004
As the brand of thriller where ordinary people are in peril and forced to take extraordinary risks, Cellular is distressingly predictable and not a tad scary. But as a parody of the genre, it's a scream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 10, 2004
The story moves briskly, the action is pulse-charging, and the laughs are many.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
September 10, 2004
Highly improbable, maniacally action-packed.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 10, 2004
There is nothing more to the movie than the usual thrills.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
September 10, 2004
Logic has nothing to do with Cellular, but it's so quick-moving and fun we don't care.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 10, 2004
Now you might think there'd be at least a few chills in such a dire predicament, but -- several car chases, a bunch of dirty cops and any number of bogus plot twists later -- you'd be proved wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 10, 2004
Comes fully charged if just a little bit silly, a wham-bam action flick with no pretense and plenty of fun.
| Original Score: B
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September 10, 2004
The true beauty of this film is how the dramatic tension builds to almost unbearable levels, only to be snapped by a bit of humor, and then over and over takes up once again.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 10, 2004
This is one of the year's best thrillers. Better than Phone Booth, for my money, and I liked that, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 10, 2004
A ludicrous little abduction thriller that boasts an entertaining cocktail of gunpowder, suspense, adrenaline, and cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 9, 2004
... ingenious.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2004
Illustrates what happens when a viable premise is spoiled by sheer preposterousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 9, 2004
It's all silly, of course, and you will laugh at the film more than you'll laugh with it. But Cellular does offer a certain mindless pleasure and makes fun of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 9, 2004
So removed from reality we have to suspend even the suspension of disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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September 9, 2004
If thrills and spills like the ones in Cellular have been the stuff of melodrama since Pauline was tied to the tracks, mobile phones give a filmmaker more opportunities for cross-cutting and more weird hurdles to jump.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 9, 2004
Ellis crafts an impressive procession of car chases, fight scenes and things going boom. And he keeps things moving at such a rip-roaring pace that all the ways in which this movie just doesn't make any sense whatsoever blur into the background.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 9, 2004
It's an honest, unpretentious, well-made B picture with a clever, silly premise, a handful of sly, unassuming performances and enough car chases, decent jokes and swervy plot complications to make the price of the ticket seem like a decent bargain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 9, 2004
Too inept to work as what it seems to be, and not clever enough to work as a spoof -- which, if you're feeling charitable, is what you assume they intended.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 9, 2004
A satisfying marriage of Hitchcockian suspense and brash B-movie energy.
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
September 9, 2004
When director David R. Ellis does nail the perfect popcorn-fest pacing for the script by Chris Morgan and the story by Larry Cohen ... the whole thing skims along on suspension of disbelief.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 9, 2004
It's like the madly busy climax of an action film stretched out to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 9, 2004
Another outlandishly cliched L.A.-set movie thriller -- high on action, low on sense.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 3, 2004
A tepid recycling of old film noir chestnuts.
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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.