(2004)

Critic Reviews

60

Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Chicago Sun-Times
By occupying their roles believably, by acting as we think their characters probably would, they save the movie from feeling like basic Hollywood action (even when it probably is). This is one of the year's best thrillers.
75
Charlotte Observer
The 23-year-old Evans has been acting just four years, and his near-anonymity makes him well-cast: He's an Everyslacker breezing through life in Santa Monica, the kind of guy who could turn into a hero under the right circumstances or remain a zero the rest of his life.
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.
63
A well-paced action film in the vein of "Speed."
63
A ludicrous little abduction thriller that boasts an entertaining cocktail of gunpowder, suspense, adrenaline, and cheese. I just couldn't hate this movie, and I really, really tried. It's tightly made and well written in deceptive ways that don't reveal themselves until past the halfway point.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
Distressingly predictable and not a tad scary. But as a parody of the genre, it's a scream, like the "Scream'' franchise, only funnier. It's as if all the ingredients for a thriller coagulated into Silly Putty.
50
New York Daily News
As Ryan, Evans attempts to graduate from "Not Another Teen Movie"-type fare to more adult stuff. He holds his own, but he has no edge.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
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
Miami Herald
Entertaining in spite of itself.
50
New York Post
Basinger appears to be literally phoning in from another movie in the highly improbable, maniacally action-packed thriller-cum-comedy Cellular.

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