The Cell Reviews

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April 1, 2019
Jazzy photography and fancy design in no way compensate for a dull, suspense-free screenplay and unwise casting.
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
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.
June 18, 2012
It's hard to avoid an acute case of gag reflex sitting through a feature film's worth of ponderous pomp that amounts to little more than one long TV commercial for itself.
July 6, 2010
What can you expect in The Cell? Operatic visuals, a beautiful Lopez, great acting by Vaughn and D'Onofrio and an extremely sick storyline that will make you squirm in your seat.
February 9, 2006
Lopez is hard to take as the empathetic psychologist who uses a synaptic transfer machine to penetrate the comatose killer's tortured psyche in hopes of finding his latest victim.
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.
March 22, 2002
January 1, 2000
The major problem is that The Cell continuously echoes The Silence of the Lambs, only minus the intricate character interplay, Jonathan Demme's direction and the taut storyline.
January 1, 2000
An original and stylish vision of insanity.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
What does it say about a film when you come out going "well, it looked pretty nice"? Not much, in this reviewer's opinion.
January 1, 2000
Had Tarsem stuck a Chanel bag or bottle of Calvin Klein perfume into the picture, he'd have ruined nothing.
January 1, 2000
A little pretentious by the half-hour mark. An hour beyond that, medication begins to sound like an attractive option.
January 1, 2000
Singh's big splash is essentially half a movie -- the half that looks great but that echoes like an empty room.
January 1, 2000
A feast to the eye but not much for the intellect.
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