If you find the moral conversion of a militant lifelong bigot difficult to imagine, try the casting of the burly, fraying Mr. Sizemore as a romantic leading man.
Andy Webster - New York Times
It's all grimly, predictably plotted without ever once being interesting.
Ernest Hardy - Village Voice
A near complete exercise in mirthlessness and atonal satire, "Cellmates" is a sentence, all right.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
A lifer with little chance for appeal
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
A slight but amiable prison-set satire, Cellmates surfs along mostly on the good fortune of its casting and sly peculiarity of its forced-odd-couple premise.
Brent Simon - Shockya.com
Not a real movie.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
Plodding, unfunny prison comedy in which a white racist shares a cell with a naive young Mexican. Still, it's nice to see Tom Sizemore working.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
Bold, witty and hilarious. A slice of comedy heaven. You'll laugh until it hurts.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Broad as the brute force presentation of hot button racial issues are, the players are fully up to attacking it for all they're worth.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Sizemore certainly does his best to elevate the material, but every time the movie threatens to kick into gear, something generic or even sitcom-ish in its degree of cliche derails it.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
The real fun here comes from Stacy Keach as a warden who tries (and fails) to instill a mania for potato farming on his highly skeptical prisoners.
Phil Hall - Film Threat
The film offers Tom Sizemore the perfect opportunity to prove himself worthy of a comeback. Alas, he fails spectacularly.
Calum Marsh - Slant Magazine
A clever comedy filled with satirical humor and perceptive social commentary.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The modest offbeat comedy gently spoofs racism.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Cellmates is an indie film that shouldn't work. And at times it doesn't, but at other times it has an offbeat integrity that engages.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net