Cell 211 (Celda 211)
Cell 211 (Celda 211) (2009)

A lawman must side with a gang of criminals if he's to save his own life in this action drama from Spanish director Daniel Monzon. Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) has accepted a job as a prison guard, and the day before he begins work he… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2011
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

From Spanish director Daniel Monzon, this is a white-hot prison drama with a Byzantine plot and enough gore to make Reservoir Dogs look like a petting zoo.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Celda 211 (Cell 211) requires you to look past a couple of contrivances in order to enjoy its main scenario: How quickly can the ruinous nature of prison life corrupt an innocent, moral man?

Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

A Spanish prison thriller so terrifically stressful it just might compress your brain into a diamond.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

It's a cut above the usual penal picture, intelligent with sharply drawn, memorable characters, a storyline suffused with tension and unexpected turns, and a morass of moral quandaries that could lead the most innocent into irretrievable darkness.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Nearly every minute throbs with heart-pounding suspense, from the opening scene of a prisoner slashing his wrists with a razor blade fashioned from a cigarette filter to its mournful, blood-soaked conclusion.

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Sean Axmaker

... visceral and intelligent, with layers of political complexities (both national and internal) and personal complications, and a touchy buddy story at the center.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Just be sure to up your internal disbelief setting from 'suspended' to 'nonexistent'.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

What this movie lacks in plausibility (which is almost everything), it makes up for with authentic adrenaline -- and Spanish Goya Awards (it won eight this year).

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

By the last half-hour, the story's seething skepticism towards the surveillance-state and its portrait of a naïve guard turned murderous prisoner make for a mesmerizing movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
If you get through the gory opening scene, then you will probably love the rest of this action-packed prison flick that draws a very fine line between the good… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Scarier than any recent horror film, as violent as a Tarantino one, tense and chilling. Tragic thriller on life's drastic, sudden changes for the worse.… More
Cynthia S.
Very well done. Really good cast. I was extremely caught up in it from beginning to end....and it sure didn't end the way that I expected it to. Good job!
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Depends on many coincidences and wishful thinking, but the acting is strong, the characters convincing and the movie never lets you go. While something like The… More
Mark Walker
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Relax, we all know you're the big murderer here. Compared to you, we're all amateurs. Though you always kill from a distance. Boom and… More