The Cell

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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A movie with no plot, no logic, no meaning.
  • R
  • 2000
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Graphic, gruesome images, torture, murder, child abuse. Very scary.


Nude corpse, sexual references.


Some strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette and marijuana smoking, alcohol abuse.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie has many gross, upsetting, and scary moments, including child abuse, torture, murder, perversion, mutilation, a terrifying full-immersion baptism, and characters in peril. A character smokes marijuana to calm her nerves.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byA M October 31, 2017

Excellent plot! This is not for the faint of heart though...

This movie is a depiction of society if soicety were to discover telepathy by mehcanics. Also if society were to move foward with psychology as a primary tool f... Continue reading
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byMr. Boxbox February 18, 2010
An extremely surreal and disturbing film. I have never seen anything quite like it. It captures the mood and atmosphere of a nightmare so perfectly. If you have... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

this is my favorite movie its a comlete mind bender

this is the kind of thing you would see when you where on an acid trip. imagine going deep into the mind of a killer and seeing his world and wht he thinks abou... Continue reading

What's the story?

A serial killer is in some sort of irreversible catatonia, and the police need to find where he has hidden his last victim, who may still be alive. So they turn to Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez), who has developed a means to communicate with comatose patients by entering their dreams. The police decide to allow her to see if she can make any progress with the serial killer.

Is it any good?

I think the idea here was to cross The Silence of the Lambs with The Matrix. THE CELL's so-called plot seems to be just an excuse for lots and lots of stunning but often gruesome surreal visual effects that fall somewhere between the hyper-clarity of a nightmare and the claustrophobic grotesquery of a bad acid trip.

The movie is all sensation, no plot, no logic, no meaning, no effort to explore or illuminate. It is filled with juxtapositions that seem more meaningful than they are, creating an illusion of profundity that dissolves before your eyes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to enter someone else's mind and about the differences in the ways individuals think. They may also want to talk about mental illness, its causes and treatments.

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