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  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

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

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 60
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    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. show more

  • 40
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 50
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    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. show more

  • 90
    Keith Phipps The A.V. Club

    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. show more

  • 90
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    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. show more

  • 80
    Ernest Hardy L.A. Weekly

    Although character arcs are a little too abruptly truncated as the story moves, Natali never fumbles the big picture. show more

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