90

The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
For his first feature, Canadian director Vincenzo Natali has, like the setting of his film, created a complex piece of work around an essentially simple foundation.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Even though there are tedious stretches with less-than-riveting characters, the film gradually pulls you into its claustrophobic spell and becomes acutely suspenseful in its final half-hour.
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80

L.A. Weekly

By Ernest Hardy
Although character arcs are a little too abruptly truncated as the story moves, Natali never fumbles the big picture.
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60

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
With basically a single set and a limited cast, the producers get the most of their limited budget, particular with a couple of spectacular death scenes.
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Natali's film has a fabulous look, a nerve-wracking, claustrophobic mood, a number of genuinely suspenseful set-pieces and some sublimely stomach-churning special effects.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The characters are stereotypes and the psychology is simplistic, but the movie builds an effective sense of claustrophobic menace that thriller fans may enjoy.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
With its confined setting and its existential predicament, the picture owes an ostensible debt to the likes of Pinter and Kafka and Pirandello -- you know, Six Characters in Search of an Author, or, failing that, just getting the hell out of this weird place.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This very Canadian thriller (i.e., no humor, lots of literal-minded future-shock portentousness) certainly does a number on you, though not necessarily a pleasurable one.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Cube falls into the dreaded trap of allegory -- aaaaaargh! -- and the clunky dialogue makes a midnight bull session seem brilliant by comparison.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
It's an existential, Kafka-esque nightmare with no real resolution, although if you've been biding your time waiting to see some high-strung, ham-handed bickering on-screen, this is your A-ticket.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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