YMMV / The Cell

  • Bondage Is Bad: Subtle, but particularly reinforced in the menagerie scene; every woman in a scene shown is a real life fetish people have and do with consent.
  • Idiot Plot: The whole "enter into a Serial Killer's mind to discover clues in order to locate his latest victim and save her before it is too late" is actually useless and the case would have cracked by the police without Catherine's help if they correctly made their job. The manufacturer logo's clue that Novak eventually finds during his own mental travel to Carl's mind near the end of the movie? It is a replica of one that was in Carl's basement the whole time (yes, the basement of the house in which he is arrested). It even appear on the screen during the scene when police are searching through the house, during the arrestation sequence!
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many people only watch/enjoy the movie for its incredible costume and set design.
  • Love It or Hate It: Received a highly polarized reaction from the critical press. Roger Ebert gave it a very positive review (even naming it one of the best films of 2000), and noted in his review his surprise at finding that numerous of his fellow critics utterly loathed the film.
  • Narm: When Vince Vaughn's character is investigating Carl's murders, he comes to the conclusion that the killer wants to be caught because he's not even trying to hide the corpses anymore. Unfortunately the shooting script is a lot less well-thought-out, because the line Vaughn actually says is "If we don't stop this guy, he's not going to stop himself!'
  • Squick: The horse, the dolls, the intestines... take your pick.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: See Just Here for Godzilla.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: And how!
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs??
  • The Woobie / Jerkass Woobie: Carl.

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