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White Noise Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 6, 2006
White Noise is little more than an old-fashioned ghost story with a newfangled twist.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 20, 2005
Thrill-free thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 15, 2005
There's no horror to speak of.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 13, 2005
Too silly to describe, much less analyze.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
January 11, 2005
Vigorously pushes the supernatural line throughout, but unfortunately its final movement is so incoherent that the whole thing collapses.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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San Francisco Chronicle
January 7, 2005
Boring horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 7, 2005
The movie delivers little more than cheap shocks and stylized static.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 7, 2005
Silly and unscary.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 7, 2005
Less likely to haunt an audience than simply bore them to death.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 7, 2005
A grim and monotonous affair
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 7, 2005
[A] dullsville chiller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Globe and Mail
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 7, 2005
About as much fun as watching static on TV.
Read More | Original Score: D+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 7, 2005
Tune it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 7, 2005
The movie stinks.
Read More | Original Score: D
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 7, 2005
A disappointing show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 7, 2005
A moronic exercise in supernatural claptrap.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 7, 2005
The eerie mood shatters under the accumulated weight of too many 'jump out of your seat' shockers.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 6, 2005
An unsatisfying supernatural thriller with an effectively unsettling build-up and a frustratingly muddled pay-off.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 6, 2005
White Noise pretty much describes the content of this lackluster, scare-free story.
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John Anderson
Newsday
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
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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+
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 6, 2005
Has a relatively quiet pulse for a spooky, supernatural thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 6, 2005
Flawed but enjoyable supernatural thriller.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
January 6, 2005
A muddled talking-ghosts movie.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
January 5, 2005
In lieu of satisfying answers, we get crude gee-whizzikers scares, cribbed from the horror canon.
Full Review | Original Score: C-