White Noise (2005)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: While there are some built-in scares, the movie is muddled and unsatisfying.


Movie Info

Successful architect Jonathan Rivers' peaceful existence is shattered by the unexplained disappearance and death of his wife, Anna. Jonathan is eventually contacted by a man, who claims to be receiving messages from Anna through EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon). At first skeptical, Jonathan then becomes convinced of the messages' validity, and is soon obsessed with trying to contact her on his own. His further explorations into EVP and the accompanying supernatural messages unwittingly open a … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images and language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Niall Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 17, 2005
Box Office: $55.9M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Jonathan Rivers

as Anna Rivers

as Sarah Tate

as Raymond Price

as Mike Rivers

as Detective Smits

as Minister

as Police Woman

as Susie Tomlinson

as Mary Freeman

as Business Man

as Mirabelle Keegan

as Car Crash Woman

as Young Father

as TV Reporter

as Edith Tomlinson

as Young Boy

as Presence #1

as Presence #2

as Presence #3

as John's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for White Noise

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (39)

Though I'm well disposed toward elliptical spook stories that depend on the audience's imagination for their jolts and effects, it takes art as well as craft to put them across, and Geoffrey Sax's direction of a Niall Johnson script has neither.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

White noise is intended to help you fall asleep. White Noise would never let you do that, though. It's far too interested in a cacophony of cheap scares.

Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

White Noise is little more than an old-fashioned ghost story with a newfangled twist.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Dumb would-be thriller -- save your money.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

This is one big missed opportunity.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A messy cheesecake of supernatural horror without scaring the pants off its audience, nor making any real sense.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for White Noise

½

Sort of an interesting premise (a deeply grieving husband is contacted by his recently deceased wife) but like a lot of supernatural thrillers its creepy set-up is ultimately better than its delivery. The cast and crew does well but the script has little for them to finish with.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

It boasts a very interesting premise and it does have its own scares and thrills. Backed up by convincing acting it's not as bad as its put out to be. The problem with White Noise however is its muzzled plotline that can sometimes be a bit of distraction from listening.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

White Noise is a decent psychological horror film that has a good premise, but the plots at times doesn't really work. However the film is held together by a good cast that includes Michael Keaton and Deborah Kara Unger. The film has enough momentum to entertain you, and the plot is quite interesting. However, it's clear that the film could have been done much better, and the film could have something really great. Instead the end result is a mixed bag. The film is entertaining, but it leaves you wanting more. The ideas on-screen work, but only to a certain degree. Then the films sort of falls apart. I think it's a real shame, because the film had so much potential at being a better film than it is. White Noise is not a terrible film, neither is it a missed opportunity, however it could have been something terrific, but director Geoffrey Sax doesn't know where to go at times with his story, like he's almost not interested in telling an effective, and creepy story. For the most part, White Noise does have good chills and effective tension, however halfway through the middle things get kind of shaky and the story falls apart. After a while the plot becomes boring, and the story lumbers around to a somewhat lacking ending. What was a strong beginning is a disappointing ending to a decent film. The film had the potential of being an effective horror film, but in the end, it's a decent film that has an anticlimactic ending. Entertaining, but flawed, White Noise is good, but suffers from a poor second half.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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