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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.