Phone Booth

20th Century Fox Released 2003


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Joel Schumacher
Phone Booth is the intense 2002 drama from director Joel Schumacher about a man who is held hostage within a phone booth by a sniper. Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) is by all appearances a normal guy. One day he wanders into a phone booth and receives a call. Though he hangs up, he immediately finds himself pinned down and unable to do anything but submit to an invisible perpetrator with a killer shot (Kiefer Sutherland). As the story goes on, it turns out that Stu has some things to hide, some things that his captor has discovered. He's married to the beautiful Kelly (Radha Mitchell), but hasn't been entirely faithful to her. He's a wheeling and dealing PR guy who is dedicated to his career and in love with himself. He's only stepped into the phone booth to call his girlfriend without his wife knowing. The red laser pointer on him convinces him that he has reason to be afraid, and when an impatient passerby is gunned down, Stu realizes he's talking his way between life and death.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Gussied up with a host of filmmaking tricks in an attempt to keep things lively, this intensely acted little exercise just doesn't have enough going for it, with the exception of g...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Without question, the whole thing's absurd -- this is, remember, about a guy stuck in a phone booth -- but for its first 40 minutes or so it's also mildly entertaining, fueled by t...

  • 20

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Bogus on every level, right down to its half-hearted trick ending.

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