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
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 215 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. Jun 23, 2012
    6
    I was quite disappointed by this movie. After seeing The Fall by Tarsem I was expecting to be taken on a journey, with interesting characters,I was quite disappointed by this movie. After seeing The Fall by Tarsem I was expecting to be taken on a journey, with interesting characters, a fantasy like story and stunning visuals. But after I Watched the movie I just felt like I had seen your average police thriller. This might be because this was Tarsem's first feature film, or maybe it was because he didn't write the screenplay (whereas he did do in The Fall) but I just wasn't as blown away as I was when I saw The Fall. The overall story basically boils down to your average "we have x hours to find them before they die", which I thought was quite unoriginal. The concept of doing into someone's conscious was interesting, similar to eXistenZ, or Being John Malkovich or the more recent Inception. The acting was alright, nothing really special. The visuals were good (not as good as The Fall or Immortals), there were some interesting scenes but not as much as I hoped for. All in all it was a alright movie, interesting concept but uninteresting story. 6/10. Full Review »