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Phone Booth 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.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Superficially gritty yet soullessly slick melodrama.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's an energetic stunt of a movie, and it wants to make us sweat like it's 1974.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is essentially a morality play, and it's not a surprise to learn that Larry Cohen, the writer, came up with the idea 20 years ago--when there were still phone booths and morality plays.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    A lean, mean tension machine, setting up its premise, executing it with smarts, throwing in enough twists to keep things interesting, and wrapping it up before anyone can get fatigued or reflective. It's on the money.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Provides a reminder of the power of unadorned drama and language -- whole torrents of eloquent words -- in the service of a nifty idea.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

This movie doesn't make sense on any level.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has extreme and intense peril and violence. Characters are killed without provocation, and there are references to other murders. Characters smoke and use very strong language, and there are references to adultery (or the wish to commit adultery).

  • Families can talk about what the characters are likely to do next. How will Stu change?

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense peril, characters shot and killed Intense peril

  • sex false2

    Sex: References to adultery.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking.