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  • Summary: A random wrong number on his cell phone sends a young man into a high-stakes race against time to save a woman's life. [New Line Cinema]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 88
    By occupying their roles believably, by acting as we think their characters probably would, they save the movie from feeling like basic Hollywood action (even when it probably is). This is one of the year's best thrillers.
  2. Very slick, very compelling and not nearly as predictable as it sounds.
  3. It's an honest, unpretentious, well-made B picture with a clever, silly premise, a handful of sly, unassuming performances and enough car chases, decent jokes and swervy plot complications to make the price of the ticket seem like a decent bargain.
  4. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    60
    The whole thing skims along on suspension of disbelief.
  5. Macy once again brightens an otherwise mundane character.
  6. 50
    Basinger appears to be literally phoning in from another movie in the highly improbable, maniacally action-packed thriller-cum-comedy Cellular.
  7. Using a kidnapping plot to call up some old-fashioned suspense, it doesn't even get a dial tone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. Oct 24, 2011
    10
    This was a great movie. It was action packed with a good story. It exposed some of the possible twists that may exist in reality withThis was a great movie. It was action packed with a good story. It exposed some of the possible twists that may exist in reality with two-timing cops. Jason Statham always delivers. I just couldn't stand the women - she's a terrible actor. She has the sound of a phone sex lady throughout the movie for some reason. Expand
  2. Mar 17, 2013
    8
    This is one of the best thrillers I have seen this decade. On top of the performances being good, you really are on the edge of your seat theThis is one of the best thrillers I have seen this decade. On top of the performances being good, you really are on the edge of your seat the whole time. You really don't see anything coming. From beginning to end you are entertained and you guess what will happen next. Great movie. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2010
    7
    there is novelty in the story. there is less originality as it seemed nothing new. execution is good. it was enthralling and captivating.there is novelty in the story. there is less originality as it seemed nothing new. execution is good. it was enthralling and captivating. direction screenplay and technical values are good. casting and production values are also good. overall the movie has missed somewhere in the middle to become a trade mark movie. but it is engaging and worthy to have a watch. Expand
  4. Jun 8, 2013
    5
    A pretty good thriller. Nothing spectacular, but this film is very entertaining. The plot is simple, but very affective. It does take a fewA pretty good thriller. Nothing spectacular, but this film is very entertaining. The plot is simple, but very affective. It does take a few more "convenient" twists than I would have liked, but if you take this film for what it is, it's a fun ride. Expand
  5. Jul 12, 2014
    5
    Cellular: 5 out of 10: I'm having Falling Down flashbacks again. Cellular resembles that superior 1993 thriller right down to the sameCellular: 5 out of 10: I'm having Falling Down flashbacks again. Cellular resembles that superior 1993 thriller right down to the same locations. (If I see one more shootout on that damn pier.) Cellular however is strangely mixed with a collection of those only in Los Angeles crackpots similar to those found in everything from Volcano to Out in Fifty.

    The resulting mismatch of tones is one part thriller (Kim Basinger trapped in an attic) one part Speed (Chris Evans driving around L.A.) and one part Randy Newman video.

    Credibility (usually important to a thriller) is thrown out early with great force. Kim Basinger shows her kid of to a private Los Angeles Academy (she is a science teacher but surprisingly not at work herself) walks back to her Brentwood home (I'm guessing 2.5 million) greets her live in maid and is quickly kidnapped. The kidnappers drive off with her in her own Porsche minivan. So when the first thing she says to our hero Chris Evans is "I don't know why they kidnapped me. We aren't rich. I'm just a school teacher?"

    Well needless to say Sigourney Weaver's upper west side apartment in Ghostbusters had more credibility. The "it" the kidnappers are after is even sillier. Without giving too much away one wonders why the husband didn't turn "it" into the nearest TV station.

    The villains themselves are right out of a rejected script for The Shield. The movie has enough action that works to be entertaining for stretches and Kim Basinger does a commendable job with a strangely written role. (Besides her I'm not rich howler she is also saddled with a monologue, right out of the talking killer handbook, where instead of running away after stabbing a man she explains at some length how as a science teacher she knew exactly which artery to cut.)

    Lackluster villains, a constantly changing tone, and contrived credibility sink the film at the end however. Sadly if my High School teacher looked like Kim Basinger and the curriculum consisted of how to steal phone service and stab people (not to mention live like a millionaire on a teachers salary) I probably would have ended up at MIT rather than some party school named after a drugstore.
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  6. Jul 31, 2014
    5
    "Cellular" attempts to recreate a 90s thriller featuring kidnap. Kim Basinger shows off her talent portraying a not so convincing teacher and"Cellular" attempts to recreate a 90s thriller featuring kidnap. Kim Basinger shows off her talent portraying a not so convincing teacher and Evans displays something of a charisma. However, the film has a bland and too familiar plot with pretty predictable twists, and the whole thing seems too old-fashioned. It is somewhat gripping, mostly due to some decent acting, but has hardly any value as a film overall. Expand
  7. Mar 27, 2012
    3
    De la part de David R. Ellis (Destination Finale, Des Serpents dans l'Avion, Shark 3D), je ne savais pas trop à quoi m'attendreDe la part de David R. Ellis (Destination Finale, Des Serpents dans l'Avion, Shark 3D), je ne savais pas trop à quoi m'attendre avec ce thriller. Et bien, j'aurais du me douter du résultat final lorsque j'ai vu les extraits... Je veux bien comprendre que ce film ne se prenne pas au sérieux. Mais les invraisemblances grotesques sont tellement nombreuses!! Une prof qui sait comme par hasard réparer un téléphone, Monsieur-tout-le-monde qui s'improvise héros comme ça, batterries de téléphones dispo quand il le faut... Bref, sur une idée qui aurait pu être sympathique, le film se perd incontestablement dans un bordel sans nom de clichés et conneries scénaristiques montres! Et je ne parle même pas du casting, quelque peu décevant. Reste que le tout soit mené avec énergie (je le reconnais), mais avec Cellular, je ne comprends pas pourquoi on fait ce genre de film alors que sur le papier, on pouvait faire bien mieux qu'une "comédie" d'action. Expand

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