Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. No one will mistake director Alejandro Chomski's Feel the Noise for great drama. But there's an undeniable sweetness to the characters, the performers are highly appealing, and the music sizzles.
  2. The plot is contrived, the performances are all over the board, and Chomski's camera ogles his actresses just a little too much.
  3. 50
    Painfully cliched. The music is throbbing and the leads are cute, but there's nothing here viewers haven't seen before.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Old story, new beat: That sums up Feel the Noise, an acceptable if resolutely average low-budget drama set in the New York/Puerto Rican musical melting pot known as reggaeton.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    50
    It’s the subtexts -- about minority kinship and Hispanic self-actualization -- that resound. If only its fable (and leading man) didn’t keep getting in the way.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    40
    It’s hard to fault a screenwriter for cramming every idea he’s ever had about anything into his first movie for fear there won’t be a second.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    40
    Trifling time-killer.
  8. 30
    Inane uplift tale for teens.
  9. 25
    Reggaeton has officially come of age: The burgeoning subgenre now has a terrible, opportunistic exploitation movie to call its own.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. ChinoJ.
    Nov 22, 2008
    0
    Tired. Same ol' lame story. Nothing that hasen't been seen before. Even thou Raggaeton is slowly fading (trends change), this movie Tired. Same ol' lame story. Nothing that hasen't been seen before. Even thou Raggaeton is slowly fading (trends change), this movie has put the final nail in the coffin. Thanks alot Miss Lopez, thanks for nothing!!!!!!! Full Review »
  2. ChadS.
    Jan 4, 2008
    6
    "Feel the Noise" is an odd duck. Shot on a shoestring budget, this gritty-looking film has very little profanity, or sex. The music is "Feel the Noise" is an odd duck. Shot on a shoestring budget, this gritty-looking film has very little profanity, or sex. The music is authentic, but the environment it hails from isn't. In spite of this bifurcation, "Feel the Noise" gets by with some very appealing performances. We know Victor Rasuk and Melonie Diaz from "Raising Victor Vargas"(the latter is heartbreaking in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"), but we didn't know who Zulay Henao was. We do now. She's a knockout. "Feel the Noise" has a storyline that is mind-numbingly predictable. The story about a troubled boy who leaves the ghetto for a better life feels familiar. Instead of joining a drumline, Rob(Omarion Grandberry) is indoctrinated into the world of reggaeton. He and Javi(Victor Rasuk) form a band. They're good enough to record a demo in New York, but Rob breaks the deal when their producer America-nizes their Puerto Rican sound. Since Javi has some Hispanic blood in him, he's the one who should make the stand against compromise and selling out. Early in "Feel the Noise", their father(Giancarlo Esposito) acts as a mouthpiece for the film's agenda of showing how the colonized rises up against its colonizer when he talks about Puerto Rico's status as the oldest country under colonial rule. Full Review »
  3. georges.
    Oct 8, 2007
    10
    Fun and Sexy, great music!