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The Cell 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.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's one of the best films of the year.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    There's so little action or suspense that this Cell isn't too likely to multiply itself into a sequel.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The Cell is foremost about singular imagery, a succession of still pictures strung together frame by frame.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Impresses more than it entertains.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

A movie with no plot, no logic, no meaning.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has many gross, upsetting, and scary moments, including child abuse, torture, murder, perversion, mutilation, a terrifying full-immersion baptism, and characters in peril. A character smokes marijuana to calm her nerves.

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to enter someone else's mind and about the differences in the ways individuals think. They may also want to talk about mental illness, its causes and treatments.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Graphic, gruesome images, torture, murder, child abuse. Very scary.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Nude corpse, sexual references.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cigarette and marijuana smoking, alcohol abuse.