The Cell Reviews

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March 4, 2020
I, myself, was both impressed and appalled by the film. And I thought, "If this filmmaker can ever put his extravagant visual sense to good use within a real story, he will really have something to offer."
April 1, 2019
"The Cell" is not for everyone, but some will find it a portal to some extraordinary sights.
April 1, 2019
It's eye candy, all right, but lacks any nutritional value.
April 1, 2019
A must-see for fans of dark psychological thrillers.
April 1, 2019
Jazzy photography and fancy design in no way compensate for a dull, suspense-free screenplay and unwise casting.
April 1, 2019
Even if "The Cell" doesn't stand up to deep examination, it's nevertheless a strongly engrossing thriller that delivers ample chills and thrills with its hellish, Hieronymus Bosch-like images alone.
April 1, 2019
The Cell is Hollywood at its most meretricious.
April 1, 2019
"The Cell" looks spectacular. If only it never opened its mouth.
April 1, 2019
Ultimately, the reliance on a dream world tends to reduce suspense and even narrative logic. Thus, everything is possible and nothing is necessary.
April 1, 2019
This is not your father's sci-fi thriller.
April 1, 2019
The stylised sections occasionally sit uncomfortably within the generic thriller framework. That said, this remains an often dazzling showcase for his imagination.
April 1, 2019
The story's not clever or scary so much as it is unpleasant and grisly with scenes of stabbings, an evisceration, and other such lovely excesses.
April 1, 2019
The Cell is pretty silly. But I admired its cinematic ambition until the final scenes.
April 1, 2019
The summer's silliest cinematic experience has to be The Cell, ostensibly a slightly futuristic serial killer movie but, subtextually, a commercial for the Saatchi collection.
April 1, 2019
Like [anyone's] imagination, the movie's landscape is littered with half-remembered pop artifacts... what's different is that Tarsem, a commercial and video director here making his feature debut, sticks the protagonists in a garden of unearthly delights.
April 1, 2019
The deeper the movie goes into its characters' heads, the more it finds shallow, familiar scenes of sexual domination and submission
April 1, 2019
If you thought virtual-reality thrillers and spin-offs of The Silence of the Lambs had run their course, guess again.
April 1, 2019
Almost worth seeing because there's nothing else like it, it's also easy to wish there never will be again.
July 25, 2015
Rewarding even beyond the shockingly bold images that almost exclusively make up the film's final hour and change.
July 6, 2015
The Cell is a dazzling mind-bender of a film that features spectacular visuals from the elegant sets to the gorgeous costumes, all encompassed in a thrilling story that will have you on the edge of your seat.
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