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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Farrell is a dynamo. And Kiefer Sutherland, whose sniper role is essentially a voice on the phone, matches Farrell subtle shift for subtle shift. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is a movie that combines a seriousness of purpose with an impish delight in craft, in a way Hitchcock would have appreciated. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Superficially gritty yet soullessly slick melodrama. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Provides a reminder of the power of unadorned drama and language -- whole torrents of eloquent words -- in the service of a nifty idea. show more

  • 38
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Farrell, adding to the case for his impending stardom, locks into his role with the laser precision of the sniper's rifle scope. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Has undertones of serious commentary on American violence, thanks to the screenplay by Larry Cohen, who often uses horror-film plots to explore cracks and contradictions in society. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A tabloidy, nail-biting thriller. show more

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