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Phone Booth Reviews

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.
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 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
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.
April 7, 2003
[A] taut thriller that hooked me from the outset.
April 4, 2003
A superficially gritty yet soullessly slick melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2003
Anyone inclined to argue with the logic of the story -- and there's certainly much to argue about -- is advised to just sit back and watch how Farrell's Stu unravels before our eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2003
It's cinematic flash, tarted up with gritty gray-blue lighting and gimmicky photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2003
A movie that combines a seriousness of purpose with an impish delight in craft, in a way Hitchcock would have appreciated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2003
Nothing about Stu, in the end, is really important enough to justify the Sturm und Drang of Phone Booth or its tempest in a telecommunications teapot.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2003
This is a slight story enlivened by good acting, crisp pacing and some graceful comic touches.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 4, 2003
The reason it works is simple: Farrell.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 4, 2003
Short, suspenseful, funny, and profane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2003
What keeps Phone Booth going, despite its premise, is the acting and the writing, both of which are top-notch.
April 4, 2003
A tense little sketch of a movie that catches you in a vise grip of tension and trickery.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 4, 2003
This whole flick gives off a certain musty odour -- it's meant to be now but it sure doesn't smell that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2003
Farrell delivers a tour de force in this clever cross between Sweet Smell of Success and Dog Day Afternoon.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2003
The movie is Farrell's to win or lose, since he's onscreen most of the time, and he shows energy and intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2003
It's really more a gimmick than a movie, but it hammers you flat the whole way through.
April 4, 2003
A passable thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 3, 2003
Bogus on every level.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 3, 2003
If the whole thing flags, then dive-bombs at the midway point, it's not because Farrell and Schumacher aren't trying hard, but because the filmmakers struggle to wedge in some meaning where none belongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 3, 2003
A tense, thought-provoking drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 3, 2003
Despite the film's blessed brevity -- it's only 75 minutes -- it seems as artificially padded as a Reno showgirl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 3, 2003
Loud and frantic and filled with all sorts of business, but it's also empty and inert, a creative exercise that would have played better as a 30-minute short.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 3, 2003
A high-concept hostage drama of absolutely no value to anyone -- except maybe Bell Atlantic, whose titular street-corner pay phone is on screen for almost every agonizing frame.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 3, 2003
Occasionally a film comes along that isn't very good but still rates a look-see because it taps into the zeitgeist.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 3, 2003
The makings of a taut little drama are rendered into a reasonably taut piece by a big name cast and a director who once ruined the Batman franchise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 3, 2003
For all the coiled skill of Farrell's performance, the character remains a frantic, one-note hustler who gets no more interesting to watch as he unravels.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 3, 2003
Schumacher ... tries to hide Cohen's logic-free plotting behind swooping camera moves and multipanel split screens, but to no avail.
April 3, 2003
A taut, compelling thriller that slowly sneaks up on you and nails you to your seat.
April 3, 2003
A lean, mean tension machine, setting up its premise, executing it with smarts, throwing in enough twists to keep things interesting, and wrapping it up before anyone can get fatigued or reflective.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2003
Not only lacks the thrills and drama one might hope, it's not even half as terrifying as those Carrot Top commercials for AT&T.
Read More | Original Score: C
April 1, 2003
Absurdly set in some pre-cell-phone, post-Amadou Diallo alternate universe and generously stocked with logical inconsistencies, Phone Booth is best appreciated as hilarious pulp metaphor.
March 31, 2003
The best way to describe Phone Booth is preposterous but entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2003
Farrell is a dynamo. And Kiefer Sutherland, whose sniper role is essentially a voice on the phone, matches Farrell subtle shift for subtle shift.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2002
The stratagems that compel the film to stay put are as improbable as they are illogical.