The Cell
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In this science fiction thriller, child psychiatrist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) has developed a technique that allows her to travel through the minds of her patients. When Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio), a multiple murderer who methodically drowns his victims and performs bizarre rituals with their bodies, falls into a coma, FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn) asks Deane to enter the killer's psyche, in the hope of finding a missing girl whom Stargher has kidnapped; if she's not soon found, in all likelihood she'll die in his torture cell. However, once Deane enters the… 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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