The Cell
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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 with their bodies. As the FBI finally closes in on the killer, he is rendered comatose by a violent seizure and is ultimately apprehended into their custody, but not before leaving his latest victim alive in The Cell with only forty hours to live. Unfortunately, only Stargher knows where she is. Enter Catherine Deane. Deane, a child therapist, is part of an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Nick Funnell, Time Out
"The trippy, highly mannered, widely referential imagery is certainly its strongest selling point, despite wonderfully grounding (and, on the rides, bizarre) work by Lopez."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"A movie with no plot, no logic, no meaning."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The dream sequences are so well-done that it's easy to forgive the film's lack of dramatic punch."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"Visually stunning, but rather pedestrian."
‑ John Venable,
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Had Tarsem stuck a Chanel bag or bottle of Calvin Klein perfume into the picture, he'd have ruined nothing."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Lopez wades through many nonsensical, pompous, gradually annoying dream-logic scenes."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It's excellent."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"One of the best films of the year."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A by-the-numbers story becomes the incidental backbone of one of the most visually arresting films of recent memory."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"What could have been a by-the-numbers serial killer mystery becomes a beautiful tour de force of film magic."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It's not the villain but the director who seems most interested in these grisly spectacles. He was certainly uninterested in his characters."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
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