Phone Booth

2002, Mystery & thriller, 1h 20m

188 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Quick pacing and Farrell's performance help make Phone Booth a tense nail-biter. Read critic reviews

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A phone call can change your life, but for one man it can also end it. Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth. "Phone Booth" follows a slick media consultant (Colin Farrell) who is trapped after being told by a caller -- a serial killer with a sniper rifle -- that he'll be shot dead if he hangs up.

Cast & Crew

Colin Farrell
Stu Shepard
Forest Whitaker
Captain Ramey
Radha Mitchell
Kelly Shepard
Katie Holmes
Pamela McFadden
Richard T. Jones
Sergeant Cole
Ted Kurdyla
Executive Producer
Matthew Libatique
Director of Photography
Andrew Laws
Production Designer
Mark Stevens
Film Editor
Daniel Orlandi
Costume Designer
Ted Kurdyla
Unit Production Manager
John A. Machione
Unit Production Manager
Glen Trotiner
First Assistant Director
Martin Whist
Art Direction
Don Diers
Set Decoration
Eli Richbourg
Associate Producer
Paul Curtis
Supervising Sound Editor
Dean Garvin
Second Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Phone Booth

Audience Reviews for Phone Booth

  • Dec 18, 2015
    A film set in a phone booth 99% of the movie shouldn't be as gripping and fast paced as it was, A simple plot and a great performance from Colin Farrell makes this film great fun and quite scary, A fun film that should've got more praise.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2015
    "You hear a phone ring and it could be anybody. But a ringing phone has to be answered, doesn't it?" Extremely intense and suspenseful, Phone Booth is a gripping psychological thriller from director Joel Schumacher. When a publicist named Stu Shepard answers a random call while in a phone booth he's taken hostage by a sharpshooter who's intent on forcing him to come clean of the lies he tells. Colin Farrell and Kiefer Sutherland both give excellent performances that are really powerful; particularly Sutherland, who brings a real malevolence and sinister edge to his character. And Schumacher uses an interesting directing style with split screens and picture-in-picture that creates an immersive experience. Incredibly gritty and provocative, Phone Booth is an exciting film that's extraordinarily compelling.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2013
    Phone Booth is one of Joel Schumacher's finest films and was a brave return from his "Batman & Robin" flop. Colin Farrell and Forest Whitaker were excellent in their roles, the tension was great, and the fast-pace in the movie works very good with this thriller. The movie isn't something to talk about all the time but its a great blockbuster movie and boosts a fantastic villain who is played by Kiefer Sutherland.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2012
    A suspenseful movie with a clever premise, but also one that ends without much of a pay-off.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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