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The Cell Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 25, 2015
Rewarding even beyond the shockingly bold images that almost exclusively make up the film's final hour and change.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
Sigmund Freud's description of the id as "a cauldron full of seething excitations" could just as easily apply to this literal exploration into the darkest, filthiest corners of a serial killer's mind. A chilling journey into dark religious iconography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 8, 2010
A by-the-numbers story becomes the incidental backbone of one of the most visually arresting films of recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The dream sequences are so well-done that it's easy to forgive the film's lack of dramatic punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
What could have been a by-the-numbers serial killer mystery becomes a beautiful tour de force of film magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Venable
Supercala.com
December 31, 2005
Visually stunning, but rather pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It's excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 7, 2005
Tarsem uses the dramatically shallow plot to create a dream world densely packed with images of beauty and terror that cling to the memory even if you don't want them to.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Writer Mark Protosevich and director Tarsem Singh, both making their feature debut, have crafted the year's first masterpiece, an insanely ambitious movie that miraculously fulfills every one of its ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
This is a mind-bending acid trip of a movie -- fresh, disturbing and inimitable.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
D'Onofrio proves that his performance as the bug-wearing-an-Edgar-suit in Men in Black was no fluke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
An amazing, courageous, and thoroughly dark visualization of what the inside of a deeply troubled mind might look like.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The movie looks so good that its dazzling appearance hides some shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
In the end, maybe The Cell isn't about much, and it could have been deeper and all but as it stands, it's still a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
The Cell is not just another serial killer flick. Despite its horrific theme and graphic violence, it's a stunning work of art.
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
One of the most visually stunning films I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 27, 2001
There are those who will hate it, but hating it is a reaction to its subject matter -- not its accomplishment as a step into an adventurous movie landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
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