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The Cell

horror, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


In this science fiction thriller, child psychiatrist Catherine Deane (Golden Globe-nominee Jennifer Lopez) enters the mind of a serial killer in hopes of finding the location of a missing girl whom he has kidnapped .

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    45%
  • Audience Score
    57%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

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

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie has many gross, upsetting, and scary moments, including child abuse, torture, murder, perversion, mutilation, a terrifying full-immersion baptism, and characters in peril. A character smokes marijuana to calm her nerves.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to enter someone else's mind and about the differences in the ways individuals think. They may also want to talk about mental illness, its causes and treatments.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    45%
    reviews counted: 19
    see all The Cell reviews
  • Audience

    57%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: As the movie pops in and out of distinct scenarios, The Cell feels like a new video game.

- Elvis Mitchell, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: You can question the worthiness of the filmmakers'] subject and vision, but you can't really argue with the way they executed it.

- Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

nice try, but still not Tarsem's best movie.

- citawijaya, Tuesday, February 23, 2010

0 star

B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!!

- dukeakasmudge, Sunday, October 25, 2009

3 stars

Triumphs style over subtance, but so visually stunning, it suceeds.

- hobster1, Wednesday, June 11, 2008