The Sound of Silence

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The Sound of Silence occasionally struggles to control its tone and convey its message, but it benefits from compelling performances and intriguing ideas.

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There are a symphony of almost undetectable sounds that make up a moment of silence, and Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard) is determined to catalogue them all. Through his job as a New York City "house tuner," the hyper-methodical Peter works meticulously to diagnose the discordant ambient noises--produced by everything from wind patterns to humming electrical appliances--adversely affecting his clients' moods. When he takes on the particularly difficult case of Ellen (Rashida Jones), a lonely woman plagued by chronic exhaustion, Peter finds that the mysteries of the soul may be even greater than the mysteries of sound. A quietly moving portrait of a harmony-obsessed man learning to embrace the dissonances of human emotion, The Sound of Silence invites viewers to hear the world with fresh ears.

Cast

Peter Sarsgaard
as Peter Lucian
Rashida Jones
as Ellen Chasen
Tony Revolori
as Samuel Diaz
Austin Pendleton
as Robert Feinway
Bruce Altman
as Harold Carlyle
Tina Benko
as Dr. Elizabeth Brookings
Theodore Bouloukos
as Satisfied Client
Theodore Bouloukos
as Satisfied Client
Perrin Drumm
as Sensory Holdings
Perrin Drumm
as Sensory Holdings
Alison Fraser
as Denise Feinway
John D. Hickman
as Larry (Loud Man)
Vin Kridakorn
as Receptionist
Rachel Oyama
as Francesca (Sensory Associate)
Tracee Chimo
as Hillary
Rose Lane Sanfilippo
as Ellen's Assistant Kate
Chet Siegel
as Olivia (NeuroMeet Leader)
Eddy Vallante
as Prospective Client
Eddy Vallante
as Prospective Client
Meryl Jones Williams
as Julia (East Village Client)
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (15)

  • It is stunted and meandering, barely filling out its 85 minutes.

    Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Lucian is a man with a theory, desperate to extrapolate from what he knows is true to what it might imply, and if you've ever known such a man, you will likely appreciate Sarsgaard's performance

    Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is based on a short film and I wonder if it would have worked better as a short film, because it does feel very stretched out and elongated beyond what the central premise can sustain.

    Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [An] ambitious, tonally intriguing comedic drama...

    Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There are moments in which the movie seems to veer decidedly toward self-knowing comedy but never quite gets there, and then turns so sad as to be tragic... The lead performances, though, are compelling - both intelligent and vulnerable.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Sarsgaard finds an almost sensual serenity in the everyday gravity of his assuredness, even as the film gingerly weaves both a pensive quality and a deadpan wit.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    Robert Abele

    TheWrap
    Top Critic

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