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½ August 21, 2016
omg. I can't believe so many people-sheep rated this movie as high as they did. Terrible. the plot is lame and predictable. Schumacher tries to be clever but it frequently comes off as very cliché. Kiefer Sutherland's dialogue is lame and many times laughable, as I found myself chuckling out loud at his many sarcastic and corny one liners. They could have at least made his voice sound more eerie and ominous by presenting it as if it were coming across the telephone line instead of making it sound like a self-talking, self-righteous narrative. Very cookie cutter and very predictable.
July 28, 2016
***
It's not nearly as good as Locke, another movie set in one location relying purely on dialogue, but Phone Booth did it first, and I've got to give it credit for that.
July 18, 2016
Everything that a contained micro-thriller should be.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
June 29, 2016
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.
½ June 20, 2016
Phonebooth is thrilling accomplishes the objective of keeping you on the edge of your seat. Acting is convincing and so are the setting and other technical factors. the problem here is the story itself. It's hard to believe itself and has plenty of plot holes. More questions than answers at the end. Let's forget for a second that the caller is basically Rusty Nail from Joy Ride (and that the end isn't exactly the same as Joy Ride too). It was pretty lucky for him that people kept showing up for the plot to continue, but was his motivaiton again? Seems pretty far fetched going through all the trouble he went through. And how did he know every detail of people's lives? Even more important, how did he manage to escape at the end? He was completely surrounded. I know he was an evil mastermind but I call bullshit.
June 8, 2016
Eine Telefonzelle irgendwo in New York. Der egoistische und labmachen. Als er gehen will, klingelt das Telefon und er geht ran. Auf der anderen Seite der Leitung hört er eine Stimme, die ihm befiehlt, wenn er auflegt, wird er erschossen!
Eigentlich eine völlig einfache Geschichte. Der Film kommt ohne überladenen Special Effekte aus und das Geschehen bleibt wirklich auf Colin Farrell fokussiert.
Diese Rolle ist auch auf Farrell zugeschnitten. Hier kann man wirklich vereinzelte Facetten, seines Könnens schon sehen.
Als Gegenpart und Hoffnungsschimmer ist hier Forest Whitaker. Er versucht hier wirklich, dem Opfer zu helfen und irgendwie den Scharfschützen zu finden. Der Scharfschütze oder beziehungsweise nur die Stimme, wird hier von Kiefer Sutherland gespielt. Auch ein guter Schachzug, denn man hört wirklich nur die kalte Stimme und das verrückte Lachen von Sutherland, was der Geschichte noch mehr Spannung gibt.
Regisseur Joel Schumacher, der eigentlich gerne Genrefilme macht und dabei zwischendurch gerne übertreibt, ist hier mit Phone Booth" ein kleiner und kurzweiliger Film geworden.
Die Spannung liegt hier richtig in der Luft und man möchte nicht, mit der Haut von Farrell wechseln. Stellt euch mal vor, ihr wäret dort in dieser Telefonzelle und man hat euch im Visier. Was wollt ihr machen?
Fazit: Ein kleiner, feiner und gemeiner Film. So kann Spannung auch Spass machen!
½ May 14, 2016
A suspenseful and tension filled thriller that grabs your attention from start to finish. Great performances all around and well directed by the dubious Joel Schumacher.
April 7, 2016
The dated, over-the-top aspects eventually dissipate, leaving something which is... Quite decent.

Phone Booth tells the story of a PR man (Colin Farrell), who is made to confront the his bravado, by an anonymous, seemingly all-knowing phone booth caller (Keifer Sutherland). Short and snappy, the film offers a so-so, predictable plot, but has a great cast that keeps the film from failing. It ends just when it should and never gets boring. You could describe it as thrilling. Which is good... Considering this is a thriller.

To delve deeper. From the start, this film is dated. It isn't that old, but it does feel like a product of its time, and that isn't just because it is set in a phone box either. Something about the over-the-top thrill of this film, makes me know that this is a film. I want to be put inside a thriller. A film will lose me if it makes itself clear that it is a film. That isn't great for a thriller. The story of this film is also an issue. Not that it is awful, but it isn't new. It follows the model of any other typical thriller. It never quite tricks you. However, this one is more about Farrell's character and his understanding of his own issues. Which is interesting, rather than being thrilling. There is a part in all of us (especially the British), that wants those type of posers to finally recognize themselves. I think what makes that good is the fact that Farrell plays the degradation so well, rather than plot-lines. It wants to be intelligent, but isn't. Yet, it is interesting and thrilling. That's what matters in the end.

As previously mentioned, Colin Farrell stars. I admit that at first, all I could do was concentrate on Farrell's acquired accent for this film. His character almost becomes Irish, but he just holds it together, and eventually you're engrossed in his character and the film as a whole. Sutherland plays the phone box caller. A vigilante on those personality traits that really get on the nerves of ordinary people. He completes a great performance with more-or-less just his voice. This does contribute a lot to the over-the-top thriller feel of the film. A deep, dark voice echoing through the telephone adds to, yet subtracts in an odd way. On one hand you have it being menacing, and on the other, you have it being cliched and too much. It rides an ever so thin line to becoming too much, but I would side with it adding more to the thrill of the film, in the end. So, Farrell and Sutherland have it almost on lock. Sprinkle in Forest Whitaker as a policeman in the middle, not quite understanding the whole situation, and you have a great triple-set of performances.

It really is the performances, that keep this film from slipping into lackluster territory. This is a good, solid film and is well worth a watch. Ignore the slightly out of date feel of this one and you should be fine. Don't be going to watch this thinking this will be some heavily intriguing thriller though. It isn't. Look at this one as typical, and you will enjoy yourself. Its pitfalls are well covered by the actors, equaling to a very-enjoyable film.
½ April 3, 2016
Phone Booth is a high tension thriller that never has to resort to physical action to be intense. There's an occasional quick burst of action, but a majority of the film's tension comes from the verbal conversation between arrogant publicist Stu Shepherd and the mysterious caller. The film's 81 minute runtime is fast paced, and edited accordingly. The choice of using picture-in-picture edits isn't very aesthetically pleasing, but it works in context of the story. Much of this film's success comes from the two lead performances. Colin Farrell gives a strong performance, and his character transition from selfish and arrogant to emotionally broken and hoping for redemption is played quite beautifully. Kiefer Sutherland is terrifying in a role that only requires his distinct voice, and he certainly has a lot of fun tormenting Farrell's character. Forest Whitaker is a solid supporting presence, but the performances from Radha Mitchell and Katie Holmes are both quite bad (fortunately, the latter have very limited screentime). It's not the deepest film, and the resolution of the story might leave a sense of unfulfillment, but Phone Booth works as a fast paced thrill ride. Bravo, Joel Schumacher.
½ March 28, 2016
Phone booth is one of the most underrated films of the 21st century. A thriller that keeps you guessing for the full runtime with interesting themes and morals subtly promoted. Colin Farrell gives his best ever performance, Sutherland is chilling and Whitaker is also great. This is an original, unique hostage flick that is unlike any other.
March 11, 2016
Very well directed and shot movie with a stellar performance by Colin Farrell. Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.
January 31, 2016
The "Saw" that should have been... all the intimidation and an ounce of the blood.
½ January 1, 2016
Phone Booth offers to us an unpredictable narrative, a clever script, an exhilarating and breathless plot whose suspense scenes are elevated by the outstanding Colin Farrell's performances and by Kiefer's voice, so all what I can say about this, is that this claustrophobic movie has more suspense and thrilling scenes than many thrillers that aren't claustrophobic what is rare and honorable.
½ January 1, 2016
Phone Booth offers to us an unpredictable narrative, a clever script, an exhilarating and breathless plot whose suspense scenes are elevated by the outstanding Colin Farrell's performances and by Kiefer's voice, so all what I can say about this, is that this claustrophobic movie has more suspense and thrilling scenes than many thrillers that aren't claustrophobic what is rare and honorable.
December 27, 2015
It is one thing to make a film that uses it's time wisely and another to make a film that doesn't outstay it's welcome. Phone both wins on both fronts as a pacey and involving story about a white-collar-wannabe who has his life broken down and unraveled by a simple phone call. There are some good turns in this one, but it is basically down to Colin Farrell and Kiefer Sutherland to display drama in it's rawest form; a conversation with many consequences attached. A pleasingly unique and enjoyable film.
½ November 20, 2015
Mediocre real time thriller, solid acting but a way too predictable and has enough cliches to make it unpleasant to watch.
½ October 22, 2015
Energetic, Fast paced, And completely thrilling with a compelling story.
September 17, 2015
By the end, you'll wish they had just left a message.
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