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Phone Booth Reviews

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Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
April 8, 2003
The situation is suspenseful and unique enough to hold our attention for a time. Well in advance of the picture's climactic moments, however, it deteriorates into melodramatic talkiness.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 8, 2003
Proof that Joel Schumacher is at his best with a simple story and a small budget.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
April 8, 2003
Between Farrell's wrenching performance and Sutherland's ominous voice-over, 'Phone Booth' is more suspenseful than most movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
April 8, 2003
I'd love to love this film. But Cohen's script is just so full of holes, it's impossible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 8, 2003
Little of its quality has much to do with Schumacher's direction, and almost everything to do with horror schlockmeister Larry Cohen's screenplay and strong performances by Colin Farrell and Kiefer Sutherland.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
April 8, 2003
A slick, occasionally tense thriller about the potentially deadly ramifications of forgetting one's manners and losing one's morals.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
April 7, 2003
Farrell manages to come through with another hit.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 7, 2003
You're sitting there thinking that this is just silly. But gosh darn if there isn't something about PHONE BOOTH that makes you want to see what's going to happen next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 7, 2003
It's a movie perfectly designed for tossing back popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 7, 2003
For all its high-profile exposure, it's basically a gimmicky throwaway with only a hot star to separate it from direct-to-cable obscurity. That's not necessarily a criticism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 7, 2003
It works, thanks mainly to the actor inside that phone booth, Collin Farrell.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
April 7, 2003
boasts a single-note plot that evokes tension from its earliest moments and carries it through its svelte 80-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 7, 2003
It's far-fetched, yes, but so expert and swiftly-paced that we don't notice the holes until it's long over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 7, 2003
All the heavy moralizing that comes after the nutty scenario soon becomes tiresome, and it left me wanting to hang-up on this film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 7, 2003
[A] taut thriller that hooked me from the outset.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
April 7, 2003
Phone Booth succeeds as a piece of pop escapism -- it's fresh and different -- but it also squanders an opportunity at something greater because its moral dialogue isn't ferocious enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 7, 2003
An experiment in tension that pays off admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mac Verstandig
The Badger Herald
April 6, 2003
A riveting tale of morality in a city noted for its sinful characters, "Phone Booth" is that rare edge-of-your-seat movie that is as cerebral as it is thrilling.
| Original Score: A-
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
April 6, 2003
Schumacher does a fantastic job of making something smart out of something that could have been extremely simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
April 6, 2003
Phone Booth is less pulse-pounding and more pulse-dialing. Unfortunately, top notch entertainment lacks call waiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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