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Cellular Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Macy once again brightens an otherwise mundane character.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Slickly produced, well cast and very excitingly made, it's based on plot hooks so silly, most of them blow up in your face.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A well-paced action film in the vein of "Speed."

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

So-so thriller that is too intense for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this thriller has strong language for a PG-13, references to drug dealers, and a lot of tension, peril, and violence. A mother and her child are in peril and characters are killed.

  • Families can talk about what Jessica's husband should have done that could have prevented much of what happened and why Moon did not give up.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extreme tension and peril, characters killed, mother and child in peril.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some sexual references.

  • language false5

    Language: Some strong language at the edge of the PG-13 rating.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Intrusive product placement for cell phone company.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: References to drug dealers.