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The Cell (2000)

HD   R Closed Captioning

Tarsem Singh & Tarsem

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About the Movie

In this science fiction thriller, child psychiatrist Catherine Deane (Golden Globe-nominee Jennifer Lopez "Selena," "Maid in Manhattan") has developed a technique that allows her to travel through the minds of her patients. When Stargher (Emmy Award-nominee Vincent DOnofrio TV's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Full Metal Jacket"), a serial killer who methodically drowns his victims and performs bizarre rituals with their bodies, falls into a coma, FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn "Wedding Crashers," "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story") asks Deane to enter the killers psyche in hopes of finding the location of a missing girl whom Stargher has kidnapped and, if she isn't found soon, will drown in her torture cell. However, once Deanne enters the bizarre world of Starghers mind, she finds getting out being a very difficult matter.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 146
  • Fresh: 67
  • Rotten: 79
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Had Tarsem stuck a Chanel bag or bottle of Calvin Klein perfume into the picture, he'd have ruined nothing. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: 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. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Oct 5, 2009

Rotten: All torture, all the time, all photographed (by Paul Laufer) and production designed (by Tom Foden) as if it were a TV spot for Chanel. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 22, 2006

Fresh: One of the best films of the year. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


It doesn't matter if you love or hate this film, if you are thinking about buying it from iTunes DON'T and here is why...

The film transfer (process where the original film print is transfered to a non-film format - in this case a digital file) was done VERY poorly. It also looks as though the film print that they used for the transfer was a poor quality print because you can see all sorts of film artifacts (hits, hairs, scratches) - but WORST of all, the beautiful, vivid color that made some of the sequences in this film living art has been washed away and all you're left with is a excruciatingly dull, washed out picture. It honestly looks like someone videotaped it off of a TV - it is almost that poor.

Buyer Beware!

horned owl

This is one of the greatest horror movies i have ever seen. Of course the main difference between this and other horror movies are the visuals. Tarsem singh is a creative genius as far as im concerned and anyone who doesn't like this movie must be blind. After this movie i wonder why all horror movies can't be as imaginative and visually striking as this one.


This is definitely not the best movie I've ever seen. That said, the film is fantastically original and the visual aspects of the film are truly astounding. It's one of those movies that has an alright story line, but the special effects and imaginative genius of the film make it an awesome and fulfilling watch. Jennifer Lopez and Vincent D'Onofrio work well in this film, but I'm not really sure I like Vince Vaughn in any role that requires emotion or depth. If you love a good thriller or just want to see a very unique cinematic creation - This film is for you.

The Cell (2000)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2000

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