Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 32
  2. Negative: 18 out of 32
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  1. 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.
  2. There's nothing at all scary about White Noise, which goes bump in the night so often it's easy to mistake it for clumsy.
  3. Beneath its regrettably banal surface, White Noise raises the creepy question of whether intimidating, even malign forces may be lurking in those fancy gadgets that fill our living rooms and offices.
  4. Has a low-key tone that works in its favor for a time.
  5. But Keaton is a mistake. He's an actor with an innate sense of irony firmly grounded in the here and now. Even as Batman, skepticism was his forte; true belief falls way outside his range.
  6. 50
    Does feature one or two jump-out-of-your-skin moments.
  7. What might have been a rote horror exercise becomes instead a twitchy, mannered, often amusing rote horror exercise.
  8. Boring and fundamentally silly.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    40
    An unsatisfying supernatural thriller with an effectively unsettling build-up and a frustratingly muddled pay-off.
  10. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    40
    Isn’t very effective as a thriller.
  11. 40
    Increasingly preposterous, thoroughly credibility-straining escapades.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    40
    White Noise vigorously pushes the supernatural line throughout, but unfortunately its final movement is so incoherent that the whole thing collapses.
  13. 40
    It's a testament to Michael Keaton's fine lead performance that White Noise doesn't come off as laughably preposterous.
User Score
4.6

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
    3
    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 KeatonA 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
    0
    The most boring uneventful "horror" movie that I ever laid eyes on. Such a pathetic movie with absolutely nothing to offer except misery. WhoThe 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
    10
    This movie had a great concept and touched on topics rarely explored. Although I do not believe in the paranormal this movie was epic andThis 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 »