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One man's life is thrown into turmoil by picking up a telephone in this claustrophobic thriller. Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) is a brash, cynical, and self-centered public relations man who juggles a busy career with both a wife, Kelly (Radha Mitchell), and a mistress, Pamela (Katie Holmes). Stu steps into a phone booth on a busy New York street to make a call to Pamela without Kelly being the wiser, but as soon as Stu hangs up, the phone begins to ring. Curious, Stu picks it up -- and a stranger on the other end (voice of Kiefer Sutherland) informs him that if he hangs up the phone,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Raises more questions than it answers as it attempts to convince us that a moralistic sniper would torture a sleazy publicist into tears of guilt and remorse over what amounts to a few paltry, venial sins."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A first-tier thriller, Phone Booth will make you think twice before you ever enter a public phone facility again, but while it curls your hair, it makes you think."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"One of the few artistically decent and commercially viable films Joel Schumacher has made over the past decade."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gives a fond remembrance of the days when a thriller actually used its title "Thrill"..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Way beyond plausible, but mercifully short."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"If this sounds like a Kafkaesque spoof thrown together for the annual Publicists Guild of America luncheon, Larry Cohen's script is only occasionally that clever."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"[A] taut thriller that hooked me from the outset."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This movie doesn't make sense on any level."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Phone Booth est un excellent suspense, mais aussi un drame psychologique qui s'aura vous divertir."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"As pure entertainment, Phone Booth succeeds as well as any movie released in the past few years."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"The premise is admittedly a killer -- fun to think about, fun to see realized, not so fun to see screwed up in the last half-hour."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"A superficially gritty yet soullessly slick melodrama."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"The next time I hear a payphone ringing, I definitely won't pick it up."
‑ Blake French,
"... a solid 90 minutes of well-intentioned entertainment, but it will do more to fuel urban paranoia than it will to make anybody re-examine their lives."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Phone Booth is a much better movie than it has any right to be, given its absurd premise..."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
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