The Cell

Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 32
  2. Negative: 12 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    60
    Repetitive, aimless, and as frustrating as you'd imagine any two-hour music video to be.
  2. 60
    Not nearly the mindfuck it wants to be.
  3. The costumes are phenomenal, the set design ravishing and the sadistic inventiveness extraordinary.
  4. The Cell is foremost about singular imagery, a succession of still pictures strung together frame by frame.
  5. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    50
    A high-tech freak show, a gallery of grotesqueries that are fascinating and repellent.
  6. 50
    Mr. Singh may have an artist's temperament, and he shows signs of being a director
  7. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    50
    Generic variation on the overworked serial-killer genre.
  8. The action is as grisly as it is surrealistic.
  9. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: J. Rentilly
    50
    A must-see movie, simply for its awe-inspiring production values, but you'll feel nothing but punished by Tarsem's ghoulish parade of images.
  10. Visually impressive but exceedingly unpleasant little nail-biter.
  11. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    40
    What makes The Cell worth viewing at all is the carefully sculpted imagery.
  12. Riveting in its low way. It traffics in imagery profoundly disturbing.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 245 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. May 5, 2012
    9
    I am having a hard time wrapping my head around these bad reviews. I am a movie lover who normally is not a big fan of style over substance,I am having a hard time wrapping my head around these bad reviews. I am a movie lover who normally is not a big fan of style over substance, but I found this film to have a good story with a well written screenplay. The film uses it's wild imagery to create suspense and to ultimately create a very engaging well paced film. The movie's themes were well laid out and developed and find resolution in a very subtle way. Overall the film ranks high on my favourite serial killer films. Not quite as good as the silence of the lambs but still good none the less. Full Review »
  2. Aug 19, 2012
    8
    I have rarely seen a film that has the scope of this one; it really tests the little grey cells to the maximum. Some scenes are truly off theI have rarely seen a film that has the scope of this one; it really tests the little grey cells to the maximum. Some scenes are truly off the wall but at the same time totally beautifully conceived and enthralling. It Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2015
    8
    The Cell is unlike a movie I've ever seen before. It's a mix of bizarre special effects, serial murders and fantasy that is far too uncommonThe Cell is unlike a movie I've ever seen before. It's a mix of bizarre special effects, serial murders and fantasy that is far too uncommon in mainstream cinema. There's also the fact that this is a film with Jennifer Lopez that is actually good. The Cell is a sci-fi thriller film directed by Tarsem Singh with Jennifer Lopez in the lead. A social worker, Catherine Deane, is called to enter the mind of a serial killer who has fallen into a coma in order to find his next victim before she's killed. This guy can make Hannibal Lecter seem like small-time; he traps his female victims inside a cell that will slowly fill with water until it drowns them, then bleaches their skin after their dead so that they can be his own personal dolls. After entering the killer's mind, Catherine finds herself lost in his psyche and must find her way out, or else the killer will find her. The Cell has a lot of haunting imagery since it has to build an entire world inside someone's mind. Tarsem builds this world incredibly well and makes the viewer feel like they're trapped with Catherine in there. The serial killer plot itself is a little thin because a majority of the film takes place within the killer's mind, but the way the story is told is so original that most of the film's faults can be forgiven. If you want your average serial killer thriller told in an incredibly original and memorable way, The Cell will give you that and more. Full Review »