The Cell
The Cell (2000)

Within the confines of an abandoned rural farmhouse, Carl Stargher, a psychologically disturbed killer has built The Cell, a glass-encased chamber where he drowns his innocent female victims before continuing a sadistic post-mortem ritual… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Cell offers disturbing, stunning eye candy, but it is undermined by a weak and shallow plotline that offers nothing new.

Nick Funnell
Time Out

Lopez is hard to take as the empathetic psychologist who uses a synaptic transfer machine to penetrate the comatose killer's tortured psyche in hopes of finding his latest victim.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

The trippy, highly mannered, widely referential imagery is certainly its strongest selling point, despite wonderfully grounding (and, on the rides, bizarre) work by Lopez.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

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

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Tarsem uses the dramatically shallow plot to create a dream world densely packed with images of beauty and terror that cling to the memory even if you don't want them to.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Had Tarsem stuck a Chanel bag or bottle of Calvin Klein perfume into the picture, he'd have ruined nothing.

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Nick Rogers

Sigmund Freud's description of the id as "a cauldron full of seething excitations" could just as easily apply to this literal exploration into the darkest, filthiest corners of a serial killer's mind. A chilling journey into dark religious iconography.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The major problem is that The Cell continuously echoes The Silence of the Lambs, only minus the intricate character interplay, Jonathan Demme's direction and the taut storyline.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the best films of the year.

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Michael Dequina

A by-the-numbers story becomes the incidental backbone of one of the most visually arresting films of recent memory.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It may be a gorgeous film to look at but the plot is weakened by a serious miscasting, with Jennifer Lopez incapable of convincing as a psychiatrist well suited… More
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This was sort of interesting.
Apeneck Fletcher
Visually stunning but thematically scant take on what it would be like to enter another's psyche, in this case a serial (psycho/sexual) killer whose last… More
Ross Collins
Run-of-the-mill serial killer thriller with a sci-fi twist. Using futuristic technology J. Lo enters the comatose serial killer's mind to help solve the… More
Conner Rainwater
I really do admire Tarsem's The Cell for it's amazing nightmare sequences. However, the hit-or-miss casting and lack of interest make this a lot worse… More
Anthony Lawrie
It was a little bit like a music video and a car advert rolled into one. It has good bits and is visually stunning but lacks real interest in character and… More