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White Noise Reviews

February 28, 2007
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.
February 26, 2007
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.
October 6, 2006
White Noise is little more than an old-fashioned ghost story with a newfangled twist.
January 20, 2005
Thrill-free thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 15, 2005
There's no horror to speak of.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 15, 2005
Even if its dorky climax throws you out of the mood again, there are staticky bits of White Noise that still manage to cling.
January 13, 2005
Too silly to describe, much less analyze.
January 11, 2005
Vigorously pushes the supernatural line throughout, but unfortunately its final movement is so incoherent that the whole thing collapses.
January 7, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 7, 2005
A dreadful, predictable and thoroughly silly thriller that shows how low poor Keaton's star has fallen.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 7, 2005
Boring horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 7, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 7, 2005
The movie delivers little more than cheap shocks and stylized static.
January 7, 2005
Silly and unscary.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 7, 2005
Less likely to haunt an audience than simply bore them to death.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 7, 2005
A grim and monotonous affair
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 7, 2005
[A] dullsville chiller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
January 7, 2005
Around the two-thirds mark, this restless bum had an urge to move considerably farther than the seat's edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 7, 2005
About as much fun as watching static on TV.
Read More | Original Score: D+
January 7, 2005
Tune it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 7, 2005
The movie stinks.
Read More | Original Score: D
January 7, 2005
A disappointing show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 7, 2005
A moronic exercise in supernatural claptrap.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
January 7, 2005
The eerie mood shatters under the accumulated weight of too many 'jump out of your seat' shockers.
January 6, 2005
An unsatisfying supernatural thriller with an effectively unsettling build-up and a frustratingly muddled pay-off.
January 6, 2005
White Noise pretty much describes the content of this lackluster, scare-free story.
January 6, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 6, 2005
The nominal thriller White Noise is worthy neither of Michael Keaton's talents nor even a desperate horror fan's attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 6, 2005
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
[The movie's] intentions are well-meaning but director Geoffrey Sax's execution is so uneven it nulls their impact.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 6, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 6, 2005
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.
January 6, 2005
Has a relatively quiet pulse for a spooky, supernatural thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 6, 2005
Flawed but enjoyable supernatural thriller.
January 6, 2005
A muddled talking-ghosts movie.
January 6, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 5, 2005
In lieu of satisfying answers, we get crude gee-whizzikers scares, cribbed from the horror canon.
Full Review | Original Score: C-