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Phone Booth Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 16, 2003
Raises more questions than it answers as it attempts to convince us that a moralistic sniper would torture a sleazy publicist into tears of guilt and remorse over what amounts to a few paltry, venial sins.
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
May 13, 2003
Phone Booth is not rocket science. In fact, it's a popcorn movie, but it's a popcorn movie of rare quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
April 30, 2003
Almost every flick now is two hours and too long. But at only 80 minutes, "Phone Booth" managed to have all the excitement, emotions, and humor it needed.
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April 29, 2003
The screenplay, by Larry Cohen, shows the confidence of a writer who knows he has a terrific starting point and plans to squeeze out every last drop of inspiration.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 29, 2003
My appreciation extends to the creators who, instead of falling in love with their creation, keep it going only as long as its suspense is sustainable, turning in that rare film that plays under 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
April 25, 2003
A modern morality tale complete with Kiefer Sutherland as God's voice. Okay, so he's a sniper on the other end of the phone, but with the things he says and the stereo sound he might as well be the Almighty.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
April 24, 2003
Being browbeaten into learning someone else's values is almost as off-putting in narrative fiction as when it occurs in life.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
If this sounds like a Kafkaesque spoof thrown together for the annual Publicists Guild of America luncheon, Larry Cohen's script is only occasionally that clever.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
April 22, 2003
The premise is admittedly a killer -- fun to think about, fun to see realized, not so fun to see screwed up in the last half-hour.
April 21, 2003
Plays with the notions of personal responsibility and personal connection in a society increasingly desensitized to these things.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
April 20, 2003
It's amazing how Phone Booth hits its dramatic peak at the end of the first act and then descends into standard thrillerisms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
April 20, 2003
What might have been a pretty decent claustrophobic thriller turns into a Mr. Rogers moral lesson (be nice to the pizza delivery guy).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 16, 2003
Get past [the] dubious logic and what's left is a taut psychological thriller that's directed for maximum impact by Joel Schumacher and vigorously performed by Farrell.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 15, 2003
A first-tier thriller, Phone Booth will make you think twice before you ever enter a public phone facility again, but while it curls your hair, it makes you think.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
April 14, 2003
...80 minutes of pure and unflinching brilliance, a nonstop adrenaline rush that is as exhilarating and engrossing as the great summer blockbusters of the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 11, 2003
For most of its lean 81 minutes, Phone Booth crackles with the raw energy of a filmmaker on the fringes who has nothing to lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
April 10, 2003
Joel Schumacher, master of the overblown, tries to craft a stripped-down, simple thriller and fails as desperately as only he can.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 9, 2003
It's always entertaining to watch a film that is an experiment in environment. As soon as its central conflict is put in motion, Phone Booth plays out as a tidy little thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 9, 2003
The situation requires something more believably frightening than "a madman"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
April 9, 2003
Its quick pace and engaging performances make it far more involving than simple experimentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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