Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. A high-concept hostage drama of absolutely no value to anyone -- except maybe Bell Atlantic, whose titular street-corner pay phone is on screen for almost every agonizing frame.
  2. 30
    A movie that's laughable without, alas, even being enjoyably awful.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    The premise is admittedly a killer--fun to think about, fun to see realized, not so fun to see screwed up in the last half-hour.
  4. Bogus on every level, right down to its half-hearted trick ending.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 152 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 78
  2. Negative: 15 out of 78
  1. Nov 23, 2011
    9
    I really liked this film. I thought it was interesting from start to finish. Good acting, Interesting story, and it all happens in a phone booth. Really good film. Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2014
    8
    Phone Booth is a no-holds-barred, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that is "The Godfather" of popcorn movies. It delivers thrill after thrill while keeping a short 91 minute runtime. The best part of it and the reason it's so successful as a heart-pounding thriller is that at any given moment, someone could die. In fact, towards the end, the movie starts to partially show some kind of matter-of-fact message about the human condition; a rarity in this genre. Full Review »
  3. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    Phone Booth is original, thrilling and is Colin's best role. From the start to the end you won't look away from the screen. The movie will hook your attention even though the entire movie revolves around a phone booth ! The endless suspense and clever performances easily turned the movie into a classic thriller. Full Review »