Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 32
  2. Negative: 18 out of 32
  1. In White Noise, Hollywood and Michael Keaton try to make a decent thriller out of ghosts in the machine but come up with lousy reception and static.
  2. The unhappy dead populate Geoffrey Sax's third-rate thriller White Noise like a pre-Christmas crowd at a suburban mall. This is a shame, since they are neither scary nor sad, and less likely to haunt an audience than simply bore them to death.
  3. It's yet another warm, fuzzy, New-Age tale that cozies us into believing the grave doesn't mean oblivion.
  4. 30
    There's not much more to this poorly scripted thriller than exactly one well-done shock moment and Michael Keaton's eyebrows, but, to be fair, Keaton's brows have carried three Tim Burton films nearly on their own, so don't let this dissuade you from seeing the film.
  5. The movie straitjackets Keaton into a humorless, table-pounding role.
  6. A film worthy neither of Mr. Keaton's talents nor even a desperate horror fan's attention.
  7. Hampered by Niall Johnson's script, which is often confusing, muddy and ultimately cliche-ridden.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Muddled and boring.
  9. 25
    It is a grim and monotonous affair despite the overkill of bad guys -- a trio of evil spirits plus a bonus serial killer -- mixed with a few cheap shocks futilely intended to make the audience jump.
  10. 25
    Poor Keaton, a capable actor who was absent from the screen for several years, is hamstrung by the material even more than in last year's dismal "First Daughter."
  11. A rather boring horror film.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    White Noise is the celluloid equivalent of a bad cell phone connection.
  13. 25
    White Noise has nothing. You'll have a better time staying home, tuning your TV to a station that doesn't carry a local signal, and staring.
  14. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    A clumsy, dreadfully preposterous and pedestrian thriller that seems to believe loud noises are the same as good frights.
  15. 25
    Dramatically, it's a ghoul's parade of grieving folk finding solace and then danger through a tenuous connection to the after-life.
  16. 20
    No, this isn't an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s great 1985 novel, but a muddled talking-ghosts movie.
  17. 12
    A moronic exercise in supernatural claptrap.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 34
  2. Negative: 20 out of 34
  1. Mar 31, 2013
    A concept that is interesting but a movie that was made horribly and didn't make sense at all. Half the time your watching Michael Keaton watch a screen with a look on his face that he well knows he is in a garbage of a film. Full Review »
  2. Aug 27, 2012
    The most boring uneventful "horror" movie that I ever laid eyes on. Such a pathetic movie with absolutely nothing to offer except misery. Who could possibly sit through this. Dreadful with a clueless dull story. Full Review »
  3. Jul 26, 2011
    This movie had a great concept and touched on topics rarely explored. Although I do not believe in the paranormal this movie was epic and contained everything necessary for it to be suspenseful. Apparently it was a direct to dvd release which only adds to its cult status. Full Review »