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  • Summary: Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, this film follows Stu Shepard (Farrell), a low-rent media consultant who is trapped after being told by a caller - a serial killer with a sniper rifle - that he'll be shot dead if he hangs up. (20th Century Fox)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    80
    It spends little time on exposition, instead quickly getting into the thrust of the movie. For a film like this, it’s advantageous, grabbing the audience almost immediately after the opening credits.
  2. 75
    A tabloidy, nail-biting thriller.
  3. 75
    Farrell is a dynamo. And Kiefer Sutherland, whose sniper role is essentially a voice on the phone, matches Farrell subtle shift for subtle shift.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Superficially gritty yet soullessly slick melodrama.
  5. 58
    Schumacher's depictions of street life are cartoonishly ludicrous and riddled with cliches -- a pair of garish hookers, for instance, can't be excused simply because one is played with engaging vigor by Paula Jai Parker.
  6. 50
    The situation is suspenseful and unique enough to hold our attention for a time.
  7. Bogus on every level, right down to its half-hearted trick ending.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 78
  2. Negative: 15 out of 78
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    A thriller that has 100 percent intensity that and a thrill a minute thanks to the screenplay and acting.
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  2. 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. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2014
    10
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  4. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    An expertly crafted thriller that Hitchcock would be proud of and the movie's rapid pace never slows.
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  5. Sep 20, 2014
    10
    One of the most intense psychological thrillers of 2003, Colin Farrell rules in this movie.
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  6. DuggieB
    Jan 30, 2009
    9
    Wow! A thriller the whole way. One of the better movies I've seen lately.
  7. Lodde
    Jul 12, 2003
    0
    Absolutely the worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life. This film is based on the most absurd, uncreative, and unexciting storyline, and leaves viewers with a highly unsatisfying ending. Colin Farrell tries his best to generate interest and sympathy for his flawed character, but after about 30 minutes of enduring him talking on the phone in the booth, you just want to see his demise. The action is non existent, you could put the suspense in a thimble, and although the cast has some decent talent, not one of them can save this movie from having my distinction of being the worst, and biggest waste of time of my life (and yours if you've seen, or plan to see this absolute atrocity). At 81 minutes, you're better off getting your colon cleansed, or perhaps having your eyeballs endure acupuncture with foot long needles then fixing them on the misery that is this movie. Expand

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