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White Noise Reviews


Time Out
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November 17, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

February 28, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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 Source: Associated Press

February 26, 2007
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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White Noise is little more than an old-fashioned ghost story with a newfangled twist.

Full Review Source: AV Club

October 6, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Thrill-free thriller.

| Original Score: 1/4

January 20, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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There's no horror to speak of.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1/4

January 15, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Even if its dorky climax throws you out of the mood again, there are staticky bits of White Noise that still manage to cling.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 15, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Too silly to describe, much less analyze.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 13, 2005
Ed Park
Village Voice
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Vigorously pushes the supernatural line throughout, but unfortunately its final movement is so incoherent that the whole thing collapses.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 11, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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When it falters, it does so for the same reason certain otherwise perfectly unnerving recent horror movies have -- because the atmosphere of irrational dread is punctured by the demand for a rational explanation.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 7, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A dreadful, predictable and thoroughly silly thriller that shows how low poor Keaton's star has fallen.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

January 7, 2005

San Francisco Chronicle
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Boring horror film.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 7, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Poltergeist (1982) did it first and did it better. But this new stroll through cinematic static is still a sometimes spooky spin on that theme.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

January 7, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The movie delivers little more than cheap shocks and stylized static.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

January 7, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Silly and unscary.

| Original Score: 1/4

January 7, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Less likely to haunt an audience than simply bore them to death.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 7, 2005
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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A grim and monotonous affair

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

January 7, 2005
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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[A] dullsville chiller.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 7, 2005

Globe and Mail
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Around the two-thirds mark, this restless bum had an urge to move considerably farther than the seat's edge.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 7, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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About as much fun as watching static on TV.

| Original Score: D+

January 7, 2005
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Tune it out.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

January 7, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The movie stinks.

| Original Score: D

January 7, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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A disappointing show.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 7, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A moronic exercise in supernatural claptrap.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: .5/4

January 7, 2005
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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The eerie mood shatters under the accumulated weight of too many 'jump out of your seat' shockers.

January 7, 2005
Joe Leydon
Variety
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An unsatisfying supernatural thriller with an effectively unsettling build-up and a frustratingly muddled pay-off.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 6, 2005
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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White Noise pretty much describes the content of this lackluster, scare-free story.

Full Review Source: USA Today

January 6, 2005
John Anderson
Newsday
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Despite a few heart-stopping moments generated by a sudden, looming tortured face or burst of thunderous sound, White Noise lacks that certain something essential to any movie intended to frighten, disarm or disorient: plausibility.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 6, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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White Noise begins as an overlit paean to trophy-wifedom and 'lifestyle' living, then practically gets down on its knees and begs to be called 'a stylish thriller.'

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 6, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The nominal thriller White Noise is worthy neither of Michael Keaton's talents nor even a desperate horror fan's attention.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

January 6, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Even though logic takes a holiday in White Noise, Geoffrey Sax, a British television director making his theatrical debut, lavishes enough craft on the paranormal thriller to send more than a few chills down the spine.

January 6, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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[The movie's] intentions are well-meaning but director Geoffrey Sax's execution is so uneven it nulls their impact.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

January 6, 2005
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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You know a ghost story is in trouble when the leading man's wrinkles and scars are more intriguing than any of the on-screen spooks.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 6, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Although director Geoffrey Sax gives White Noise its share of suspense, he's hampered by Niall Johnson's script, which is often confusing, muddy and ultimately cliche-ridden.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 6, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Has a relatively quiet pulse for a spooky, supernatural thriller.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 6, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Flawed but enjoyable supernatural thriller.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

January 6, 2005
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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A muddled talking-ghosts movie.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 6, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The movie itself plays like a message from the dead, a communiqué from some inert movie world of lifeless clichés, emptily flashy style, wooden characters and moribund plot shtick.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 6, 2005
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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In lieu of satisfying answers, we get crude gee-whizzikers scares, cribbed from the horror canon.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

January 5, 2005
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