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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 116 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 116
  2. Negative: 6 out of 116
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  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, 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 findI 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. Expand
  2. SundyY.
    May 9, 2002
    9
    I was quite impressed with the movie. I even couldn't stopping thinking about it when I was lying on my bed that night. It's really amazing!!!!
  3. marshallm.
    Jun 6, 2005
    10
    Wonderfully bizarre! masterpeice! the best psychological thriller since "silence of the lambs"!
  4. MichaelR.
    Jan 10, 2002
    10
    One of the best movies I've ever seen in my life. Absolutely great.
  5. Ben
    Dec 2, 2003
    9
    I love it! I've seen it three times, and J. Lo is so preety!
  6. MichaelC.
    Sep 29, 2001
    9
    The Cell, like "Antz," must be watched twice to be appreciated. The first time I saw this film I thought it was mediocre, but the film had such a lasting impression on me after viewing, I decided I had to rent it again. I did, and I found the film to be much more likeable. The Cell is not for everyone, but it divides its stories up with quality and is a visually intelligent film that The Cell, like "Antz," must be watched twice to be appreciated. The first time I saw this film I thought it was mediocre, but the film had such a lasting impression on me after viewing, I decided I had to rent it again. I did, and I found the film to be much more likeable. The Cell is not for everyone, but it divides its stories up with quality and is a visually intelligent film that dreams up images and plot ideas that could not be matched. The film?s script is never clunky and always intriguing, and I really liked and enjoyed how the procedure of ?getting in? to somebody else?s mind was explained. That was extremely clever, as was the rest of the film. The visuals are ingenious and bring the engaging story to an exotic and intriguing life. The acting is pretty impressive, even though Jennifer Lopez?s performance was slammed. I enjoyed her acting and she screams, cares and acts scared extremely well. Vince Vaughn was realistic but Vincent D?Onofrio takes the cake. He is the most original, scary, disturbing killer of 2000 in movies. The Oscar nominated makeup is daring and careful, while the beautiful costumes and utterly brilliant set decoration went unnoticed. Tarsem Singh who has also directed music videos, goes totally crazy with his direction and it results well. He has major talent and this film has a lot of potential if you give it a chance. Overall, The Cell is a powerful, disturbing and avoids being too tacky which makes it a great, pleasurable, gut-wrenching and extremely memorable flick. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Oct 18, 2002
    10
    Für mich ist "The Cell" ein sehr eindrucks stker Film. Es kann sein das manche Leute dies nich erkennen , dies liegt aber daran das sie vermutlich nicht mit der tiefe und mit vollem ewustsin den Film angeschaut haben . Vielleicht ist er auch für manche zu "unblutig" das muss aber ein Horrorfilm gar nicht sein. Es kommt darauf an was der Film einem sagen möchte. Hat sich Für mich ist "The Cell" ein sehr eindrucks stker Film. Es kann sein das manche Leute dies nich erkennen , dies liegt aber daran das sie vermutlich nicht mit der tiefe und mit vollem ewustsin den Film angeschaut haben . Vielleicht ist er auch für manche zu "unblutig" das muss aber ein Horrorfilm gar nicht sein. Es kommt darauf an was der Film einem sagen möchte. Hat sich schon einmal jemand gefragt warum man ihr Gesicht beim herrunterstürtzen nicht sieht? Expand
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
  1. 60
    Repetitive, aimless, and as frustrating as you'd imagine any two-hour music video to be.
  2. 50
    A high-tech freak show, a gallery of grotesqueries that are fascinating and repellent.
  3. 50
    Mr. Singh may have an artist's temperament, and he shows signs of being a director