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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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it may seem stupid, and it is, but it was executed (pun intended) wonderfully

By glxy2
It may seem like an awful movie with Colin Farrell and Keifer Sutherland just talking back and forth. And it is. But the suspense builds up from a pimp trying to knock the phone booth down, Colin...

Way back when

By coowboys
I tried to enjoy this film but I had to poop the whole time, i ended up pooping in the recycle bin as i left the theatre, other than this it was an abrupt and thought provoking film...

Better than expected, a real cool movie.

By Varvaro
Even though the whole movie was filming a guy in a phone booth they made it great. Sort of like the Seinfeld episode where all they did is wait for a table at a restaurant, no one thought it would...

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Rated R | For pervasive language and some violence
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