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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 18, 2000
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 46% 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.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Rewarding even beyond the shockingly bold images that almost exclusively make up the film's final hour and change.

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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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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

The Cell is a dazzling mind-bender of a film that features spectacular visuals from the elegant sets to the gorgeous costumes, all encompassed in a thrilling story that will have you on the edge of your seat.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the best films of the year.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It is certainly a gorgeous film to look at but the plot is weakened by the fact that Jennifer Lopez is seriously miscast and not at all convincing as a… More
Dead Angel
This was sort of interesting.
Kevin M. Williams
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
Lady D'arbanville
Starting on a good note, this film was better than a lot of the reviews suggested and Vince Vaughn, was surprisingly ok at a straight part. The actual… More