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Sound of Noise (2012)


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 1,996


Movie Info

Police officer Amadeus Warnebring was born into a musical family with a long history of famous musicians. Ironically, he hates music. His life is thrown into chaos when a band of crazy musicians decides to perform a musical apocalypse using the city as their orchestra... Reluctantly, Warnebring embarks on his first musical investigation... -- (C) Official Site

R (for language and some brief nudity)
Action & Adventure , Romance , Art House & International , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Ola Simonsson , Jim Birmant
In Theaters:
Jun 26, 2012
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Sound of Noise

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (3)

Great premise, middling execution.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A high-concept, high-energy lark.

Full Review… | March 12, 2012
Top Critic

"Sound of Noise" is a dry treat - a solid, self-aware cult pleasure.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Filmmakers Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson and their engaging cast pull off the feat with no strain and a surprising amount of heart.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Sound of Noise" is like no heist movie you've ever seen; these bandits want only to transform a city into a canvas for their special brand of aural art.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The energy flags whenever the vandals are at rest, and a romantic subplot feels like an afterthought. But Nilsson is a delight, and the filmmakers' own creativity transforms shock into awe.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Sound of Noise is outside the box, original and inventive. It's also hilarious, and extremely entertaining. The film is one of SFIFF's highlights.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

It never achieves much coherence when it tries for more than slapstick comedy.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I've seen a lot of detective stories, but never one about a detective trying to track down a bunch of performance artists who are playing illegal music.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Laramie Movie Scope

The premise is so delightfully strange, it almost sounds like an Etgar Keret short story, or maybe even a playful exercise by Gabriel García Márquez.

Full Review… | August 25, 2012

The film's joke is kind of one-note, although it maintains an exhilarating beat throughout. If Sound of Noise is the rhythm of the new city symphony, play on.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
Austin Chronicle

A buoyant comedy that never hits a wrong note.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
St. Paul Pioneer Press

While this rollicking comedy about musical terrorists cleverly satirizes movie conventions of cops and capers, the creative crimes look and sound wonderfully unique.

Full Review… | March 10, 2012

Sound of Noise provides plenty of excitement and rumble, executed with a considerable screen flair that manages oddity and a crooked sense of liberation with stunning flexibility.

Full Review… | March 6, 2012

The film is ultimately winning because of its devilish anarchic streak, aiming its arrows at the stuffiness of the traditional musical establishment.

Full Review… | March 5, 2012
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Sound of Noise


A music-hating, tone deaf detective from a family of musical prodigies tracks down a gang of musical terrorists staging disruptive performances across Stockholm. If David Lynch directed the Swedish cast of STOMP in an action-comedy, I think it would go a little something like this...

Greg S

Super Reviewer


In "Sound of Noise," Sanna(Sanna Persson) drives a stolen van to the beat of a different drummer, Magnus(Magnus Borjeson). They are tired of the old routine which is getting them nowhere and decide on something big, namely Magnus' concerto, 'Music for One City and Six Drummers' before recruiting four other frustrated musicians. Speaking of the authorities, detective Amadeus Warnebring(Bengt Nilsson) is hot on their trail since ironically being tone deaf in a family full of musicians means he can tell the difference between the sounds of a metronome and a ticking bomb.

To put it simply, "Sound of Noise" is a musical caper movie. Now, there is something you do not see every day done in a rather atypical fashion. That's true even if it just comes down to artists wanting their work to matter, and not to do it just for the money. Specifically, this involves drummers who are expected to keep the rhythm of the music going while secretly wanting to do a twenty minute solo which you would not find with flutists unless of course it's Jethro Tull you're talking about. As far as Detective Warnebring goes, I guess I see where he fits into here, even though I honestly don't get how the silence is supposed to work.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Essentially, "Sound of Noise" is an average movie blessed with a good gimmick. This Swedish comedy follows two terrorist musicians who recruit four oddball drummers to help perform a city-wide, avant-garde "piece." The renegade composition spans four movements, each set at a different location (the first is an operating room), as the trespassing ensemble exploits onsite tools to craft complex, percussive grooves. In other words, this film is a must-see for "Stomp" fans.

The group is pursued by the ironically named Amadeus (Bengt Nilsson), a mousy, insecure detective whose life just happens to have a major musical issue -- his genius brother is a world-renowned conductor, while he himself is frustratingly tone-deaf. His handicap is depicted in a strange, surreal way -- apparently, whenever a neighborhood item is incorporated into the percussion troupe's mischief, he permanently loses the ability to hear it. This storytelling element fails to lead anywhere and isn't as evocative as the filmmakers hope. Another problem is that the pivotal guerrilla performances grow larger and larger in scope yet become less and less interesting as music.

If you can't spare the 102 minutes, just look up the musical scenes on YouTube. You won't be missing much.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

Saw this during HIFF in October. It's a French/Swedish import if I remember correctly and it's about musician terrorists. Yes, you read correctly, musical terrorists. While you do have acknowledge and accept the absurdity, it's definitely a fun ride.

Matt Spencer

Super Reviewer

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