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Worlds collide when hardened Ku Klux Klansman Leroy Lowe (Tom Sizemore) and Mexican field laborer Emilio (Hector Jimenez) are forced to share a prison cell. The unlikely relationship takes an unexpected turn when the chatty Emilio slowly chips away at Leroy's gruff exterior in writer/director Jesse Baget's offbeat buddy comedy which also stars Stacy Keach, Kevin Farley and Olga Segura. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you find the moral conversion of a militant lifelong bigot difficult to imagine, try the casting of the burly, fraying Mr. Sizemore as a romantic leading man."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"A lifer with little chance for appeal"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Plodding, unfunny prison comedy in which a white racist shares a cell with a naive young Mexican. Still, it's nice to see Tom Sizemore working."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Sizemore certainly does his best to elevate the material, but every time the movie threatens to kick into gear, something generic or even sitcom-ish in its degree of cliche derails it."
‑ Brian Tallerico, HollywoodChicago.com
"A clever comedy filled with satirical humor and perceptive social commentary."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A near complete exercise in mirthlessness and atonal satire, "Cellmates" is a sentence, all right."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"A slight but amiable prison-set satire, Cellmates surfs along mostly on the good fortune of its casting and sly peculiarity of its forced-odd-couple premise."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"Bold, witty and hilarious. A slice of comedy heaven. You'll laugh until it hurts."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The real fun here comes from Stacy Keach as a warden who tries (and fails) to instill a mania for potato farming on his highly skeptical prisoners."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"The modest offbeat comedy gently spoofs racism."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's all grimly, predictably plotted without ever once being interesting."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Not a real movie."
‑ Fred Topel, CraveOnline
"Broad as the brute force presentation of hot button racial issues are, the players are fully up to attacking it for all they're worth."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The film offers Tom Sizemore the perfect opportunity to prove himself worthy of a comeback. Alas, he fails spectacularly."
‑ Calum Marsh, Slant Magazine
"Cellmates is an indie film that shouldn't work. And at times it doesn't, but at other times it has an offbeat integrity that engages."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
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