(2004)

Critic Reviews

60

Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
A thriller that isn't kinky isn't much of a thriller. And Cellular has the best kinky phone gimmick since "Sorry, Wrong Number" (1948).
75
Very slick, very compelling and not nearly as predictable as it sounds.
70
Its adroit use of suspense makes you overlook the silliness.
70
It's an honest, unpretentious, well-made B picture with a clever, silly premise, a handful of sly, unassuming performances and enough car chases, decent jokes and swervy plot complications to make the price of the ticket seem like a decent bargain.
67
Entertainment Weekly
Chris Evans is blithely likable despite a few faux-Cruise mannerisms, Basinger makes a vividly frightened yet resourceful woman in peril, and William H. Macy scores as a mild L.A. cop who lets out his inner macho.
60
Variety
Because plot is the sum total here, the alarming holes, inconsistencies and impossibilities in Chris Morgan's script corrode this drama of distress.
60
L.A. Weekly
The whole thing skims along on suspension of disbelief.
50
Macy once again brightens an otherwise mundane character.
50
Chicago Tribune
Slickly produced, well cast and very excitingly made, it's based on plot hooks so silly, most of them blow up in your face.
50
Chicago Reader
Cohen and a crew of script doctors have thrown in some of the oldest cliches in the book.

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