Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Provides a reminder of the power of unadorned drama and language -- whole torrents of eloquent words -- in the service of a nifty idea.
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Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
A lean, mean tension machine, setting up its premise, executing it with smarts, throwing in enough twists to keep things interesting, and wrapping it up before anyone can get fatigued or reflective. It's on the money.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Farrell is a dynamo. And Kiefer Sutherland, whose sniper role is essentially a voice on the phone, matches Farrell subtle shift for subtle shift.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is a movie that combines a seriousness of purpose with an impish delight in craft, in a way Hitchcock would have appreciated.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Short, suspenseful, funny, and profane, the film's a throwback to the neat little B-level thrillers the entertainment industry used to crank out by the dozen in the post- World War II era and the early days of TV.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is essentially a morality play, and it's not a surprise to learn that Larry Cohen, the writer, came up with the idea 20 years ago--when there were still phone booths and morality plays.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's an energetic stunt of a movie, and it wants to make us sweat like it's 1974.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Superficially gritty yet soullessly slick melodrama.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Farrell, adding to the case for his impending stardom, locks into his role with the laser precision of the sniper's rifle scope.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A high-concept hostage drama of absolutely no value to anyone -- except maybe Bell Atlantic, whose titular street-corner pay phone is on screen for almost every agonizing frame.
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56 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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