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Parents' Guide to

Phone Booth

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

This movie doesn't make sense on any level.

Movie R 2003 80 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+

It's better than SOME of the movies out there

age 11+

The movie is only a little better than ok. semi good.

This movie does have a good message. This film is more placed in the suspense genre, rather that the action genre. The audience should listen closely on the dialog in order to understand elements of the movie. Some young children could be capable of handling the "mature" material.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Even the most paranoid fantasies have to make sense at some level, and this one just doesn't. This film is based on a short student film and was shot in just 12 days. It's a Hollywood film that is trying for the vibe -- and the indie cred -- of a smaller film. Phone Booth tries to have Stu's confinement in the phone booth shape both the story and its impact.

The premise is all right and while it does create a lot of tension and Farrell and Whitaker are always great to watch, the movie feels manipulative and padded. The "Who do you think you are?" sign behind Stu and the "I'll never lie again and will show the proper respect" climax are heavy-handed and pretentious and the attempted twist at the end is heavy-handed and predictable. Farrell, usually impeccable with American accents, completely misses in his attempt to sound like an upwardly mobile guy from the Bronx.

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