Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 32
  2. Negative: 18 out of 32
  1. A not-bad ghost story that marks a comeback of sorts for its star, Michael Keaton, who hasn't top-billed a movie for almost a decade.
  2. 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.
  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. 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.
  8. What might have been a rote horror exercise becomes instead a twitchy, mannered, often amusing rote horror exercise.
  9. Boring and fundamentally silly.
  10. 40
    Increasingly preposterous, thoroughly credibility-straining escapades.
  11. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Isn’t very effective as a thriller.
  12. 40
    It's a testament to Michael Keaton's fine lead performance that White Noise doesn't come off as laughably preposterous.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    White Noise vigorously pushes the supernatural line throughout, but unfortunately its final movement is so incoherent that the whole thing collapses.
  14. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    An unsatisfying supernatural thriller with an effectively unsettling build-up and a frustratingly muddled pay-off.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. It's yet another warm, fuzzy, New-Age tale that cozies us into believing the grave doesn't mean oblivion.
  18. 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.
  19. The movie straitjackets Keaton into a humorless, table-pounding role.
  20. A film worthy neither of Mr. Keaton's talents nor even a desperate horror fan's attention.
  21. Hampered by Niall Johnson's script, which is often confusing, muddy and ultimately cliche-ridden.
  22. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Muddled and boring.
  23. 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.
  24. 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."
  25. A rather boring horror film.
  26. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    White Noise is the celluloid equivalent of a bad cell phone connection.
  27. 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.
  28. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    A clumsy, dreadfully preposterous and pedestrian thriller that seems to believe loud noises are the same as good frights.
  29. 25
    Dramatically, it's a ghoul's parade of grieving folk finding solace and then danger through a tenuous connection to the after-life.
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 »